Hodgson hopeful of overhauling England’s football philosophy

ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he intends to change his side’s style of play in the pursuit of progress towards the 2014 World Cup.

Hodgson was appointed in May on the eve of the European Championships for which he had little time to prepare but believes that going forward it is necessary for changes to be made. “In the matches since the Euros, particularly against Italy and Moldova, I think we have already demonstrated how we would like our national team football philosophy to be,” Hodgson said.

“The coaching staff and I are fully focused on how we intend to go forward and improve our play.

“We can’t ignore the trends and it was very interesting to hear what semi-final coaches had to say about possession. England must maintain possession of the ball better. We know this.”