Hodgson happy with approach
Saturday, 23 June, 2012
Manager will have a full squad to pick from against Italy on Sunday
England Manager Roy Hodgson today revealed he has a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of Sunday’s EURO 2012 quarter final against Italy in Kiev.
Hodgson said: “It’s all good [regarding injuries]; we’re pleased to see Ashley Young recover from a nasty kick which he took at end of last game and it’s nice to have Jermain Defoe back after his unfortunate need to go home for his father’s funeral.”
And now he is concentrating on how to beat an Italian side which he admits has a similar approach to his own.
Hodgson added: “Like us, they are very disciplined and they like organisation in their football and they are very professional in their approach. You accept you have to make sacrifices in your private and professional life. Our players are also organised and professional.
“It is very Italian for them to say they are underdogs, but we are very happy to have got through the three games and we want to stay in this tournament a lot longer.
"Now we have another chance. I think the players will do their best to take that chance and let’s hope that luck is on our side.”
England are also fully aware that the match could be decided by a penalty shoot-out should the clash fail to produce a winner after 90 minutes and extra-time.
“Everyone practises penalties,” Hodgson confirmed.
"But you have to make certain you practise in a very professional way – not a golf driving range mentality where you take a bucket of balls and smash them around and remember just the good ones.
"Regularity in practise is important and we have been doing that at the end of training sessions and we have made it clear to players it is like being in a game when they take them.”