Hodgson wants club form replicated

10 June 2012 03:48

Roy Hodgson has challenged England's players to reproduce the form they demonstrate week in and out at domestic level when they launch their Euro 2012 campaign against France in Donetsk.

Hodgson has praised the squad for enabling him to settle in quickly as head coach during the past month. But now he is aware of the need for them to show what they are capable of against a French side unbeaten in 21 matches.

"I just hope we are capable of playing the way they can do. We see them do week in and week out in the Barclays Premier League playing to the best of their ability," Hodgson said.

"My hope is they show that form individually and as a team tomorrow and in the couple of matches after that.

"We know it is a stern challenge. France are unbeaten in 21 games and that is some achievement.

"We have full respect for the French but our players also have confidence in their own ability."

Hodgson is surprised how quickly he has settled in with England only a month after ending his spell as West Brom boss.

He said: "It has been an exciting month. But I have been quickly accepted by the group and feel comfortable in my position.

"Maybe that is a bit unusual because you normally need more time but the players have made it easy for me to get my feet under the table."

Hodgson has a full 23-man squad to choose from with midfielder James Milner (heel) and defender Martin Kelly (illness) declared fit.

Source: PA

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