VIDEO: Hodgson hails duo's return
Tuesday, 14 August, 2012
England Manager happy to have Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick back in the ranks.
England Manager Roy Hodgson has hailed the return of midfield duo Frank Lampard and Michael Carrick ahead of Wednesday night’s friendly clash with Italy, in the Swiss city of Berne.
Lampard, the Chelsea midfielder, was ruled out of the Euro 2012 Finals after suffering a thigh injury, while Carrick withdrew from the standby list.
However, both are in the Three Lions’ squad for Wednesday night’s clash with the Euro 2012 Finalists, and Hodgson is pleased to have the pair at his disposal.
Speaking about Lampard, who will lead the team out in Berne, Hodgson said: " I missed him, of course, during the Euros. When you’ve got players of Frank Lampard’s quality, it’s a great pity that they get injured.
"We had the same situation with Gareth Barry, so we lost two very important members of our central midfield just before we travelled to Poland.
"At least now Frank is back, and of course, the added bonus of Michael Carrick, who was not available for the Euros. Luckily he has reconsidered his decision and he’s keen to play for us, so I’ve got another quality player coming back that I didn’t have during Euro 2012."
Hodgson has vowed to send his team out to win the game, while revealing that he plans to give younger players a chance to stake their claim for a regular first-team place.
"Well I think both ourselves and Italy are going to go out and try to win the game - there’s no question about that," he added.
"Both of us are approaching the game in the same way, we’re using players who were in the squad in the Euros and maybe didn’t play, and maybe trying to look at some younger players who could be useful for us in the next few years."