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Hodgson reveals 'get tough' stance

by Football News
Apr 01, 2013 11:02 PM BST



England manager Roy Hodgson is on a collision course with Premier League managers.

Hodgson plans to select his strongest possible squad for the end-of-season friendlies against Brazil and the Republic of Ireland.

The Three Lions, who are struggling to secure World Cup qualification following Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Montenegro, face Giovanni Trapattoni's men at Wembley on May 29 before jetting off to face Brazil in Rio on June 2.

Hodgson was left red-faced by Rio Ferdinand's decision to snub the offer of an England recall ahead of last week's World Cup qualification double-header.

But despite an already punishing schedule, which has been further complicated by Chelsea's friendly in the United States against Manchester City on May 23, the former Fulham manager has vowed to pick his marquee players.

Hodgson told reporters: "I've now got six or seven weeks to concern myself with who plays against Ireland and who goes to Brazil.

"These are two bona fide matches and a lot of other teams in this period are playing qualifying games.

"So, I don't think I need have any worries as to whether the players I select will come and play for England. They're aware we need to prepare well for the autumn internationals.

"May and June are FIFA dates. When there are FIFA dates, the first call on the players is for the international teams."