Hodgson Bigs Up Smalling

16 November 2012 12:44
England manager Roy Hodgson is tipping Manchester United's Chris Smalling to become a top class centre half.

Smalling has been out of action with a metatarsal problem, but is now back looking for action and the England boss is looking forward to doing some work with Smalling and watch him progress.

Not that Hodgson is a stranger to Smalling; he signed the player for Fulham in 2008 before United stepped in for him a couple of years later.

Hodgson told the Daily Mail:  "I'm in a much better position when it comes to assessing players and knowing what I can get out of an England team than I was when I came into the job and straight off to the Euros.

"That was quite a conservative group we took there (Sweden). If anything, we have become a lot less conservative and I think the players have responded very positively.

"There's a lot of top-class talent coming back. There's a boy at Manchester United called Smalling, who I've always thought is going to be a top-class centre-half."

Source: United Mad