VIDEO: Roy's final assessment
By Alex Shaw
Saturday, 02 June, 2012
England boss discusses his squad, the Belgium game and the Euros.
Roy Hodgson's injury worries have eased with the news that Scott Parker is fit and raring to go for Euro 2012.
With Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry ruled out of the tournament, Parker's Achilles' tendon injury injury could have been a problem.
But Hodgson has revealed that the remainder of the England squad are in fine shape ahead of the tournament this summer.
Ahead of Saturday's friendly with Belgium, the England Manager said: "We have got the full contingent now. It's just the sad news we had to deal with when Frank was injured.
"It's good Jordan Henderson has come in so quickly to join us but to see Frank leave the group was a sad moment.
"All muscle tears can be close. There are very few that clear up in two weeks but that's very optimistic. The was no chance we could take a risk with Frank - there was a possibility he couldn't play in any of the group games.
"There's no particular worry over Scott Parker. We knew we had lots of training time and he has taken part in every session. He also played 60 minutes against Norway and he'll be getting fitter every day.
"By the time we play France everyone will be in good shape.
"I like to think we've got the blend of experience and youth. Until we actually play these games, it's only hot air really. I am satisfied with the group we have put together and I think they will do well.
"I am disappointed to lose these players but on the other hand, it's a great opportunity for someone else."
And on the task of facing the Belgians and England's approach, Hodgson said: "It's a balancing job. It's a friendly game and a warm up. I wasn't able to use a lot of players against Norway as we gave the Chelsea players time off for a recovery from the Champions League.
"The back four and goalkeeper will obviously change and I've got to wrestle with the areas of out wide and up front.
"I've decided on the two central midfielders but in the other positions, I'll have to give that some consideration so we will have to wait for that.
"The Belgians are a very, very good team. We know how good they are. Whatever team we play here, we have to accept they will put out all the stops to beat us.
"Having said that, we are preparing for a difficult and important Euro 2012 so a preparation game is just what we need."
With the France game on the horizon, Hodgson admits England's group - which includes Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine - will provide the Three Lions with a tough test this summer.
"It's a very tough group," Hodgson added.
"England v France has always been a very important fixture. We've read how important the French think it is.
"You never know which game will be the most important until the group gets going.
"They are on a great run [currently 20 games unbeaten] but all runs have to come to an end some time and we're hoping we're the ones that end it."