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Hodgson pleads for patience

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Roy Hodgson has identified Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Raheem Sterling as three obvious England candidates for the two forthcoming friendlies - but there are no easy answers to their continued failure to keep possession.

The passing frailties that caused so much difficulty at Euro 2012 came back to haunt the Three Lions in Poland on Wednesday. Even Hodgson admitted it was not pretty, but the England coach was in defensive mood when he came to the issue of addressing what to do about it.

"People highlight that if we're going to be a really top team we're going have to consistently improve the level of our technique," he said. "Let's hope St George's Park will help a little bit along the way."

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