Hodgson looking forward to bright future

England manager Roy Hodgson has stated that the nation has a bright future ahead of it, as he starts to look forward towards the World Cup in 2014.

The Three Lions were eliminated from Euro 2012 on Sunday night on penalties by Italy, but the national selector feels there is reason for optimism.

“I think that with time when I look back, I won’t be so disappointed with the way we have performed here and the way we have behaved and I only hope it will set a platform for future,” he told reporters, published by Sky Sports.

I would like to think there is good reason for optimism, there are some very good young players coming through, we are doing quite well at Under 21 level.

“There are young players breaking into teams, we’ve had a couple of them with us here. We would have had even more if there hadn’t been injuries to (Chris) Smalling and (Kyle) Walker.

“We have to see the positives wherever we can. Yes it is another failure on paper, but I think this year with all that went on we can take a small degree of satisfaction that we did give it a good shot.

“I don’t honestly believe there is as much negativity as perhaps there was. We must now build upon that by qualifying for Brazil and then trying to better our previous record,” he confirmed.

By Gareth McKnight