England boss Roy Hodgson has stated that he is willing to run the risk of suffering a third straight defeat when his England side takes on Denmark, in what will be his last friendly before he names his 23-man World Cup squad.
Hodgson has seen his side suffer back-to-back home defeats against Chile and Germany over the past four days- the first time it has happened since 1977-, in games in which the former Fulham boss has handed debuts to Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez as well as Celtic’s Frasier Forster.
And he says he will not mind doing it again if only to give him a chance to test out prospective players before finally naming his World Cup squad.
In fact, of Hodgson’s starting XI against Germany, only three players; skipper Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole had more than 50 caps.
Hodgson played a total of 25 different players over the two previous matches and he will continue that trend when he names his squad for the friendly against Denmark in March, despite the fact that he runs the risk of being the only England manager in history to lose three consecutive home games.
“I might risk a third defeat, but for the game against Denmark, it might be that we actually use players that we need to test out more and that we rest the players we are 100% certain of,” Hodgson said.
The move may not be welcome to the Wembley faithful, but even then one does understand why it is necessary for Hodgson to experiment with his squad, especially considering that this friendly will represent the manager's last chance to take a closer look at his players before he makes what could be the most important decision of his Three Lions career.
The England boss also downplayed the boos that his team received upon the final whistle of the two friendly defeats, and he instead chose to point to the lessons he has learnt regarding to what he has to do to improve his squad’s chances at next summer’s tournament.
“Booing at the end of games these days is par for the course. I feel that our fans have been very good support. Of course they are disappointed… but as far as I am concerned, we have learned a lot from these two games”
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