Hodgson hope for youthful future


Having already been dumped out of the tournament, Hodgson made nine changes to his side that managed a 0-0 draw with Group D winners Costa Rica on Tuesday night.

The England boss started the game with six players aged 24 and under, and despite only claiming a draw, he feels this changed side will be the new-look England for the forthcoming years.

"This is a very different team to the one at Euro 2012,” Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We play different football. We pass the ball much more. We ask a lot more in terms of receiving the ball, turning with the ball.

"And in the final third we try things and take risks. The type of players we are choosing - Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge - it's clear that's our aim and hope."

Despite the youthful exuberance, Hodgson hopes veteran players such as Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard won’t hang up their international boots just yet.

"I hope they don't make a bold statement that John Terry did after Euro 2012 when he said 'I am retiring from international football'," said Hodgson.

"I'd like them to keep a dialogue between us. They know I'm never going to push them or put under pressure if it's not right, but it's nice to know they're available."

England have scored just five goals in their last eight World Cup games, and have drawn more games 0-0 than any other country in the history of the competition, yet Hodgson is still taking a positive outlook from his side’s last game in Brazil.

"We created good goal chances, but we didn't take them," he said.

"Another day we could have won the game by one or two goals because we did have a clear dominance in the play after the first 15 to 20 minutes.

"I take positives - this was a banana skin. To get that display was great since for many it was new.

"I am pleased at least to have given the fans something to cheer about in terms of our performance."