Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Roy's Warning to England Hopefuls

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Roy's Warning to England Hopefuls

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ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson has challenged his players to lay down a marker against Germany today.

A friendly double-header against the World Cup holders in Berlin and Holland at Wembley on Tuesday comes as Hodgson begins to finalise his plans for who will make the cut for Euro 2016 in France.

With captain Wayne Rooney, firstchoice goalkeeper Joe Hart, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones, Ryan Bertrand, Luke Shaw and Fabian Delph all missing out through injury, there are opportunities opening up for players.

With so many regular squad members out injured, Hodgson is not ready to sign off on his final choices for Euro 2016.

"It is by no means a be-all and end-all situation but at the the same time we take the game very seriously and I shall learn some important lessons I'm sure," he said. "I can't guarantee that every single player will get 90 minutes in a game but, at the same time, in principle we are going to utilise the whole squad and at least give people the chance, in these final encounters before I have to name the 23, to put a marker down. …

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