England manager Roy Hodgson impressed by Under-21s after 6-0 win over Scotland
England manager Roy Hodgson praised England's Young Lions after taking charge of the Under 21s for a friendly against Scotland - and seeing them win 6-0 in front of 26,942 fans at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane.
"They really did take their chances with both hands," said Hodgson, after goals from Nathan Redmond, Raheem Sterling, Connor Wickham, Ross Barkley, Jonjo Shelvey and Tom Carroll secured a heady victory.
It sets up tonight's senior match against the Scots at Wembley perfectly and showed Hodgson could have plenty of options in future.
He said: "A lot of those players would certainly not be out of place in the senior team - albeit, I must say, from working with the seniors for the last couple of days, I have been pretty impressed with the quality of the technique and the desire and the ambition we have there."
And Hodgson hopes the performance will help fans to feel more excited about the future after a summer in which the Under 21s struggled to make an impact in the European Championships in Israel.
He added: "Certainly it has put the statements that English football has no talented players, and that we have nothing coming through, to bed.
"Hopefully a lot of people who have made the bold statements will have seen the performances and they will struggle to tell me that some of those boys out there have got no future, no technique and no ability."
The only disappointment point for England Under-21s came when Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah sustained a first-half injury.
Hodgson said: "It was a nasty one and we feared for him, but we think it's a kick to the side of the knee. It will be a sore one. But we don't think there is any ligament damage or anything there."
Scotland Under-21s boss Billy Stark said of the defeat: "It was a chastening experience. I have been in football long enough to know that however you approach a game, you can never be absolutely sure. But I never saw that coming."