The England Manager is excited by end of season games with Ireland and Brazil
Roy Hodgson is looking forward to bringing the season to a close with two high-profile matches, against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
On Thursday afternoon the England Manager will name his squad for the double-header.
The Three Lions will entertain the Irish at Wembley on Wednesday 29 May before flying to Rio to take on the Samba Boys on Sunday 2 June.
Hodgson told FATV: “We won’t be taking the games lightly.
“Ireland are a very tough nut to crack. Over the years they constantly punch above the weight by reaching the major Finals.
“I’ve had quite a lot of international matches but I’d never played Brazil before the match in February, and now suddenly I find myself going to play them again in the Maracana which will be an incredible experience because we are talking about another iconic ground.
“I’m certain the players will profit from the experience.”
Hodgson also reserved a word of praise for the England fans.
He added: “The Irish will bring a few people but we have been well supported at Wembley.
“I can’t make any complaints at all about the support we have been given. So we’ve got to be very happy about that and we can’t emphasise enough as players and coaches how much that means.
“We’ve got these three very, very important qualifiers at home. We need to win them all and we need the fans to be our twelfth man, so if we can get the real passionate, partisan support that will help us enormously.”