Hodgson delighted with England youth

After England’s 5-0 win over Moldova, manager Roy Hodgson praised the performances of Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Press Association reports.

Cleverley and Oxlade-Chamberlain started the game in Chisinau with Cleverley praised for his role in the number 10 behind Jermain Defoe. Both players made a significant contribution to England’s biggest away win since 1993. Hodgson was delighted with both players and praised Cleverley’s performance.

“I was really pleased with Tom and Alex. Tom stepped into that position and looks at home there. It’s easy to see why Sir Alex Ferguson picks him so often in the United team. It’s nice to see these young players taking their chances and showing they merit a place in the squad”, Hodgson said.

However, Frank Lampard was the standout man for England with his two goals, issuing a timely reminder to Hodgson that the old guard have not finished for the Three Lions. The Chelsea midfielder now has 25 goals for England and Hodgson praised the ‘excellent’ Lampard for his performance in the Zimbru Stadium.

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