England boss to adopt ‘brave’ style at World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson says that he will employ a positive playing style at this summer’s World Cup.

The Three Lions have often been labelled a negative side in terms of tactical approach, with direct football and a solid defence key components of various major competition campaigns.

Hodgson himself has been tarred with the same brush at club level, with his spell at Fulham renowned for on-field pragmatism.

But since taking charge of England, he has witnessed the emergence of a number of exciting young players in the Premier League, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Ross Barkley all being tipped to make the grade on the back of their attacking performances this term.

As a result of this, Hodgson told talkSPORT that he is willing to use such players in a more forward-thinking set-up at the showpiece tournament later this year:

“The way we will play in Brazil will be a continuation of the way we have been trying to play over the last year or so.

“The introduction of many of the younger players has given us a lot of pace and given us an injection of technical ability.

“If you take the front players who played in the last game; Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and add them to people like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, just to name five players off the top of my head, they have great technical ability, pace and athleticism.

“I, as a manager, don’t have any concerns about the team’s attitude and the way the team will play.

“We will be brave and we will believe in ourselves and we will risk defeat. We won’t try and sneak our way through the games. With the type of players we’ve got that wouldn’t suit us.

“I think we’ve got to allow the players to express themselves in the same way as you see them express themselves in the Premier League.”

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