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EXPECT A REVOLUTION
England manager Roy Hodgson has said that the England fans can expect a revolution when England take on Italy in a friendly match in August. The former Liverpool and West Brom manager took over the national team as the replacement for Fabio Capello. Despite having very little time to prepare for the Euro 2012, he managed to do extraordinarily well at this major competition. Even though England were once again eliminated from a major competition at the quarter-final stage, not many expected them to reach the quarter-final stage in the first place. Roy Hodgson managed to instil a discipline within the squad that has not been witnessed in previous tournaments.
However, there has been criticism aimed at the former Fulham manager due to the negative football England played at the Euro 2012. Roy Hodgson, though, has said that it was done due to the lack of preparation. However, the England fans can expect a much different team and style of play when England take on Italy in August in a friendly match in Vienna. This will be start of the preparations for the qualification campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Roy Hodgson is expected to use a number of young players for this qualification campaign.
“With regards to the August 15 friendly, you will definitely see some revolution there. That game is the ideal opportunity for me to look at some players who weren’t with us here and can add to the quality of our team. The first thing I have to do is really evaluate some of these other players who haven’t been here. Many are the younger ones we probably would have taken for the experience had they been fit,” said Roy Hodgson after returning from a holiday. The likes of Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand are not expected to be part of the England team in the future.