Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has revealed details about his good relationship with England manager Roy Hodgson

Smalling played under Hodgson when he was at Fulham, and the player has indicated that their previous working relationship has helped him with the national side.

Speaking on, the versatile centre back said: "He [Hodgson] was very much the one who gave me my chance at Fulham."

The defender made his first-team debut for Hodgson's Fulham in the 2007/08 season after arriving from Maidstone United. He then moved to Old Trafford in July 2011, after being bought in by previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

The player has so far made 52 league appearances for United, but has also spent time on the sidelines through injury. Currently back to full fitness, Smalling was named in Hodgson's squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

In reference to his relationship with Hodgson, the 23-year-old added: "I do have a good relationship with him and it’s nice to go away with England and see someone I worked with before.”

Smalling will hope to add to his six caps in the forthcoming season, as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil looms in the background.

Whilst he is not expected to start against Montenegro, Smalling could play some part in either of the upcoming matches either at the heart of defence or on the right hand side.

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