Hoddle believes England will benefit from Hodgson’s experience

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes Roy Hodgson is a great appointment for the Three Lions and his tournament experience will benefit the squad.

Hodgson was Switzerland manager at Euro ’96 and has enjoyed an unbeaten start to the two friendlies and one tournament game in his England career. Hoddle, who managed England at World Cup 1998 in France, believes the former West Brom boss will focus the team and avoid any obstacles that come his way. England got off to a bright start against France with a well-earned 1-1 draw and now face Sweden on Friday with Hodgson looking to continue his impressive beginning as England boss.

Hoddle said: “I think Roy will understand what it all means when you get out there. Once you’re in the camp, you can switch off, get focused on what the job at hand is, pick your squad and start to win football matches. You have to peak at the right time and I think it’s been difficult for Roy to say the least, but he’ll be looking forward to getting on with all the obstacles that are in the way”.

As England manager at World Cup ‘98, Hoddle reached the second round before losing on penalties to Argentina. Hodgson’s side have less pressure on them than Hoddle’s did, with many worried about the fitness of the squad, but Hoddle believes that this lack of pressure from the English media and population will help the squad achieve great things.

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