Hodgson: England “lucky” to have St George’s Park

Roy Hodgson, England managerEngland have finally got a world class training facility In St George’s Park, and it can’t come quick enough for Roy Hodgson.

The England head coach knows that the next generation of England managers will have a facility that will mould players to be able to cope against the heavy hitters of world football, something which England have struggled with in the past.

“The place has blown me away. All the lads are buzzing to be here. We’re lucky to have facilities like this, the England head coach told the Metro.

“Now we have got the best stadium in the world and the best facilities.”

Proof that English football is lacking to some of its European counterparts was evident in the latest round of Champions League fixtures.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City were all in action in Europe’s elite competition, but only managed to field six outfield players of the 25 man squad that Roy Hodgson has put together.

Where Hodgson could pick a decent five a side team from English players in Champions League action, the likes of Spain, France, Germany and Portugal could have picked strong starting XIs.

In contrast, Spanish manager Vicente Del Bosque had a field of 14 players to choose from, which also included two superstar subs, David Villa and Andres Iniesta.