International media quiz Roy Hodgson ahead of World Cup

Monday 07 Apr 2014
Roy Hodgson speaks to the international press at Wembley

Roy Hodgson welcomed the world's media to Wembley Stadium on Monday as he ramps up his preparations for Brazil this summer.

All corners of the globe were represented at The FA's international media day, with journalists present from Japan, Scandinavia, South America, Italy and even Lebanon.

The England Manager spoke for over an hour to the gathered broadcasters and writers about his hopes for the Three Lions at the World Cup.

Roy Hodgson speaks to the international media

Roy Hodgson's international press conference

Hodgson also explained the reasoning behind the upcoming friendlies, which first sees Peru come to Wembley on Friday 30 May [click here for ticket details], before games against Ecuador and Honduras in Miami.

"We made the decisons about who we wanted to play before we knew we'd be playing Uruguay [at the Finals].

"One of the reasons we chose those teams is because we don't usually get the chance to play against South American and Central American opposition often.

"In my 25 games, all but maybe three or four have been against European opposition, so this was a chance to get the balance right, and play against teams who play differently."

However, England open up their Finals campaign against Italy, a side they know very well and who they faced in their last tournament game at Euro 2012. 

Stefano Tura, from Italian television station RAI, spoke to Hodgson, a former boss of Internazionale and Udinese, in Italian about the meeting with the Azzurri in Manaus on 14 June.

Roy Hodgson speaks to the international media

Roy speaks to Italian station RAI

"He's a very nice man and says [the game] will have special meaning to him because he is happy to play against Italy," said Tura. 

"Not happy because it's an easy game but happy because he knows [Italy manager Cesare] Prandelli, he knows the Italian environment and the Italian way of playing."

Japanese journationist Yoko Toda, from newspaper Hokkaido Shimbun, added: "As foreign media it is very difficult to get the the England Manager.

"It was very useful and helpful. Roy was very polite, he answers your questions, it was a good press conference."

You can watch our behind the scenes video from Monday's international media day in the player above.

By Jamie Bradbury FA Editor