Roy Hodgson says it's a privilege to work with England's three latest centurions
Roy Hodgson has applauded England's current trio of 100-cap centurions after they helped the Three Lions reach the World Cup.
During the Road to Brazil, which started in September 2012, captain Steven Gerrard, left-back Ashley Cole and midfielder Frank Lampard all clocked up their magic tons.
When they appeared together against Ukraine last month, on the night of Lampard's century, it was the first time that three such highly-capped players have figured for England at the same time.
And the manager says it is a privilege to work with three current England legends.
"It’s such a fantastic achievement and I can’t show enough respect for someone who has played 100 times for their country," Hodgson said in an exclusive interview with TheFA.com.
"Especially for a country like England where the competition for places is normally higher than it might be in some other countries.
"To do that as consistently as they’ve done and at the same time to play so many matches for their club teams, it really is quite phenomenal."
Hodgson added: "It is something I will look back with great pride when my career ends that, during my time, I have presided over games where there have been four players who have got 100 caps – because Jari Litmanen did it with Finland when I was there.
"I will always remember the privilege it has been to work with players of that level, and how nice it’s been to see them presented with their caps for 100 appearances."
Watch more from our interview with Roy via the links on the right hand side of the page.