Hodgson confident ahead of Poland clash

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson has stated that he is confident that he has the players at his disposal to get a favourable result against Poland in World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The Three Lions beat San Marino 5-0 at home on Friday night, but will face a more difficult test in Warsaw.

“It’s always nice to have experience in your team and it’s also sometimes quite nice to have some younger players,” Hodgson told reporters, published on Sky Sports.

“I was told today how many players we’ve actually used and how many players have changed since the World Cup in 2010.

“Experience is important but I do think at the moment we have a good balance between youth and experience.

“The key unfortunately is nothing more complicated than playing well.

“We know we’ve got a strong opponent, we know that they’re going to be very well supported by the home crowd.

“For them it’s an important moment playing at home against England to try and get their qualifying campaign off to a good start.

“We’re aware of those things and all we can do is go onto the field well prepared and do the best we can do.

“There are quite a few (selection decisions) and that’s good to have. I’d prefer not to quantify them or put them in any order, but it’s good that the players who came in against San Marino who people did not see as first choice played well.

You do get more a selection headache, but all coaches will tell you selection headaches are what we’re after,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight