Ray Lewington says Roy Hodgson's love of coaching will see him through two games
England v Scotland
Kick It Out International
7.30pm, Tuesday 13 August 2013
Bramall Lane, Sheffield United FC
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says there was never any doubt over whether him and Roy Hodgson
would take charge of England Under-21s this week - due to their pure love of coaching.
The pair have agreed to train and manage the Under-21s against Scotland on Tuesday
, before heading back south to continue their regular role with the senior team at Wembley.
And Lewington believes that it was Hodgson’s addiction to working on the training pitch which saw him quick to take on the caretaker role for this game.
He said: “Coaching is the part of the job you love, and Roy in particular gets withdrawal symptoms because he’s not doing it on a day-to-day basis, so he’s greedy!
“He doesn’t let us do too much and once he gets going you can say ‘Roy, you are 15 minutes over’ but he turns a deaf ‘un to it and just carries on.
“But you can see the enthusiasm that he shows, that’s not false, that’s him. He loves it out there, that’s where he really enjoys the job.
“Hopefully these boys will enjoy it and I think for the young ones it is good that the senior manager has come in and not just done it for the sake of doing it, he really enjoyed it.
“I think it is a great exercise all round.”
Hodgson and his assistant coach met up with the Under-21 squad
on Saturday evening before taking them through a full training session at St. George’s Park on Sunday morning
The senior squad
arrived at the national football centre on Sunday night, so there will be a double dose of training for Hodgson and Lewington to enjoy on Monday.
But the former Fulham and Watford boss says there was no issue with the coaching staff taking on two teams for what is the first game of the new campaign for both squads.
He added: “For one game, it’s no problem and Roy just said ‘why don’t we do it? We’d enjoy it’.
“He can’t get enough of coaching - it’s where he is happiest, on the coaching field.
“Once we have done our work with the senior side, we will go to Sheffield with the Under-21s and then back down to Wembley with the senior team.”
And Lewington admits the duo have been impressed with what they’ve seen from their young squad so far.
With a 24-man group
consisting of some experienced players and a few new faces, Lewington is hoping they can transfer their talent onto the international stage on Tuesday.
“There’s some exciting talent and there are some good players,” he said.
“This is a great opportunity for them to show on a big stage, because not all of them are playing for their clubs, to show what they can do.
“We want them to play with no fear.
“The one big thing that Roy keeps beating the drum with is ‘don’t have any fear – go out and play and show what you can do, express yourselves and it’s no problem if it doesn’t work, just keep going and do what you are good at.
“They look exciting, there are some good players and some good talent here.
"England will always produce players, I don’t think there’s a problem with that – we are a footballing nation – but it is whether they get their chance.
“There are a lot of new names and it’s a new chance for everyone that comes in.
"Football is always a cycle and you don’t get too much of a chance because the cycle keeps turning. It’s a great opportunity for them.
“Hopefully we will get a nice performance tomorrow, we can’t guarantee the result but they know what we are looking for.”
Watch FATV's video of Hodgson and Lewington working with the Under-21 squad below or through the links on the right.