Roy pleased with new breed
Thursday, 16 August, 2012
The England Manager praises his charges after comeback against Italy
England Manager Roy Hodgson expressed his satisfaction after seeing his men come from behind to beat Italy 2-1 with goals from Phil Jagielka and substitute Jermain Defoe.
Hodgson also commented on the benefit of playing a friendly so close to the start of the season.
He said: "It gave us a chance to see some new players - it might have been different if all the players had been the same as the ones we saw throughout the Euros.
"It was good to blood new players and give some others who haven't played so much a chance. They answered the challenge in the best possible way - it was a good victory."
Hodgson was also full of praise for Manchester United debutant Tom Cleverley and added: "We know he is a good player and an important player for Manchester United, who was unlucky to get injured early last season.
"I have been pleased to see him in the form he has been showing this season for GB in the Olympics and it was terrific for him to play for the England first team."
Hodgson was then asked about how he wanted the players to play under his charge.
He said: "It is not about systems, it is more about players.
"The three guys in midfield passed the ball and controlled the ball well and the wide players did well too. It was not much different to the Euros but perhaps we showed more composure on ball and maybe passed it a bit better."