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Hodgson expecting big things from Zaha

26 May 2013 12:47:10

Hodgson expecting big things from Zaha

England boss Roy Hodgson has predicted a bright future for Wilfried Zaha.

It has been quite a season already for the Crystal Palace winger. Handed his first full cap by Hodgson during the November friendly in Sweden, Zaha then became what turned out to be Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing for Manchester United prior to his retirement.

Zaha is in the England Under-21 squad for this summer's European Championships and will play in the npower Championship play-off final against Watford on Monday. And Hodgson said: "I like Wilfried Zaha. I think he is a good player. I went to Palace not so long back to have a look at him and of course he has a massive move to Manchester United.It seems to me he is on the threshold of something big."

Whilst life at United is not quite the same following Ferguson's departure, and David Moyes will find himself under far more pressure to deliver results in even the lowest priority competitions, Hodgson is confident the Old Trafford philosophy of giving chances to younger players will remain.

"He will be given the opportunity," said Hodgson.

"When a club like Manchester United is prepared to pay a lot of money for a player because they will help them to win things it is a tremendous boost to both confidence and ego.

"As coaches we can't do any more. After you have lit the touchpaper, all we can do is retire and hope they buzz."


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