Roy Hodgson: I welcome the selection headaches

Thursday 26 Mar 2015
Roy Hodgson talks with Gary Neville

England manager Roy Hodgson is welcoming having a number of selection headaches ahead of Friday's European Championship qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley.

Hodgson has decisions to make in a number of areas of his side after the likes of Harry Kane, Kyle Walker, Ryan Mason and Kieran Gibbs either returned from injury or were called up for the first time.

England v Lithuania

European Qualifier
Wembley Stadium connected by EE
7.45pm 27 March 2015
Live on ITV1

But Hodgson is delighted to have such difficult decisions to make as he feels England's strength in depth could prove decisive as they look to take a huge step towards Euro 2016.

"I think there are a lot of tight decisions and I welcome those tight decisions," said Hodgson.

"If we are going to progress as a team and get better we need competition in all areas.

Roy Hodgson gives out team news

"It was good to see Kyle coming back having missed a lot of time through injury, as well as the two centre-backs (Chris Smalling and Phil Jones) who have missed matches this season. It is terrific to see them doing so well.

"The competition for places is hotting up."

And Hodgson confirmed he has been hugely impressed by Tottenham forward Kane, who has taken the Premier League by storm this season.

He added: "We are very happy with Harry and he has done very well. He has not in any way damaged his chances of playing in the senior teams and I am sure we will see him make his full debut in the next few days."


By FA Staff