Hyypia to shadow England boss Hodgson over international break

Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia is set to shadow England manager Roy Hodgson during the international break, ESPN has reported.

After earning his coaching credentials in a summer course in Finland, Hypia took solo charge of Leverkusen this season and the former Liverpool defender has enjoyed a fine start to his coaching career, having taken 18 from a possible 21 points in his seven games in the Bundesliga – the best start in the club’s history – but he remains keen to further his education.

Bild reports he will spend the upcoming international break with the England team, learning from Hodgson, who had worked with Hyypia when taking charge of the Finland national side between 2006 and 2007. England will be hoping to book their place in Brazil as they take on Montenegro and Poland at Wembley.

Before those vital World Cup qualifiers, Leverkusen face two tough games, with Real Sociedad visiting the BayArena in the Champions League on Wednesday before they host Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.

Ahead of Wednesday’s match, Hyypia said: “Spanish teams play good football. It won’t be easy on Wednesday. This game is very important if we want to stay in the Champions League. Every player knows that.

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