Hodgson fully focused on England's Euro 2016 qualifiers

Saturday 23 Aug 2014
Roy Hodgson has targeted glory at Euro 2016

Roy Hodgson has consigned England’s World Cup campaign to history and is now targeting Euro glory.

His Three Lions side bowed out of Brazil 2014 at the group stage after picking up one point from their three matches.

They begin their European Championship qualifiers in Switzerland on 8 September – and the England boss says he has designs on winning the tournament, which will be held in France, in two years.

Hodgson said: “I don't think we will ever go into a campaign as England without setting to win it.

“There will be stronger teams in front of us, but we know how small the margins are in tournaments.

“We have seen lots of teams win major tournaments who are not fancied to win it at all, like Denmark in '92, Greece more recently [at Euro 2004].

“We are going to plan well, set up well and give the players as much confidence as we can give them.”

He continued: “As a manager, you always hope your best moment is to come.

“It's dangerous to think too much about the past and get hung up on matches in the past.

“There will be moments you look back on with pride and others sorrow and regret, but that is part of life as a football manager.

“The great thing is that there is an awful lot to look forward to.”

Before they fly to Basel for a sold-out qualifier, England will entertain Norway at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 3 September, with Hodgson due to name his squad for both matches on Thursday.

And he has hinted that a few of his younger players will receive a call-up with a view to blooding them ahead of the Euro finals.

Hodgson added: “If you are replacing a 100-cap man with a 10-cap man he needs to get that experience of the ups and downs of a 100-cap man, and in the course of the next two years the players will get that experience.

“Some of the top clubs in the league are showing faith in their young players.

“I hope the players who we take to Euro 2016, assuming we qualify, will be much more ready than they are now.”

England have been drawn in Group E alongside Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino and Switzerland.

The Three Lions return to action against on Norway at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 3 September

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By FA Staff