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Roberto Carlos reveals the bizarre position Roy Hodgson made him play in at Inter Milan

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As left-backs go, you will struggle to find too many better than Roberto Carlos - across any generation.

Whether it was for Real Madrid or Brazil, the 5ft 6in full-back bombing forward was often a joy to behold, unless you were playing right-midfield against him of course.

And yet, his rise to the very top of the game was nearly ruined before it had even properly started by Roy Hodgson.

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Now there will be plenty of England supporters who won't be surprised to hear such claims about Hodgson, however, at one time he was actually quite well respected around Europe.

The former Three Lions boss was in charge of Inter Milan during Carlos' one season with the Italian giants.

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However, it has become quite clear that the pair didn't see eye-to-eye and it isn't exactly hard to work out why.

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Carlos has revealed Hodgson did not see him as a left-back and wanted to play him further forward.

You're probably thinking: 'so a winger then right?' which would be the obvious choice but no, Hodgson thought Carlos would become a striker.

Inter Milan v Real Madrid Roberto Carlos of Real Madird

“Roy Hodgson was an important person in my career, even if I thought he was damaging at the time," Carlos said.

“He played me as a centre-forward for Inter. It was impossible. I could understand if he played me as a winger because I was an attacking full-back.

“But as one of two strikers? Come on, I’m 5ft 6in! The balls were flying well over my head.”

INTER MILAN V LAZIO

Roberto Carlos, striker? Not one of Hodgson's smartest moves.

Unsurprisingly, Carlos left the club at the end of the 1995/96 season and went on to fulfill his potential at the Bernabeu... as a left-back.

Carlos, now 44, scored nearly 100 goals across his distinguished club career and made 125 appearances for his country - winning the World Cup along the way too.

Roberto Carlos of Brazil

He finally hung up his boots in 2015 and has dabbled with a bit of coaching since.

Hopefully, he has learned from Hodgson's mistake what can happen if you mess around with a player's natural position!

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