Hodgson wants England set-up reform

Roy Hodgson wants the clubs to give the England set-up greater access to their young players in the aftermath of the Three Lions’ World Cup exit, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

England tomorrow play their final game of the competition, against qualified Costa Rica, having already lost any hope of staying in the tournament after defeats to Italy and Uruguay.

Hodgson, who has been confirmed as England manager by FA chairman Greg Dyke, wants the national team to be able to be more hands-on with the country’s most promising young players. “The first thing we have to concentrate on is to get our own act right with the England teams,” Hodgson said.

“We have to make certain that we get as much access as we can to the players in the academies. The academies do some very good work from 17-18, 19 and Under-21 level,” he continued. “We don’t just have to rely on clubs giving their 19-year-old a game in the first team or not.”

Dyke established a commission to look into how England develop young players and the recommendations, of Premier League B teams playing in a League 3, was not well received.

England stood a chance of reaching the knockout rounds even after losing for the second time in as many games, to Uruguay, but Costa Rica’s win over Italy meant Hodgson’s side would return home at the first opportunity.

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