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World Cup will be career highlight - Hodgson

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Roy Hodgson says this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil will be a career-highlight for a majority of his England squad.

The Three Lions booked their place in the finals by topping their respective European qualifying group and last week defeated Denmark 1-0 in their last warm-up match.

As Hodgson prepares to name his 23-man squad in by early June, he will want to cast an eye over his players with the Premier League resuming duty this weekend.

With the build-up to the World Cup gathering speed, Hodgson has joined the bandwagon and admitted that he's very happy with the camp his England squad have been given.

"I’ve been quite a few times now and it’s an interesting country," he was quoted as saying by FA.com. "Our base is very good, I think Rio is a good hub to start with and we’re very happy with our training camp and hotel - the sun will be shining and the beaches will be there.

"I would be expecting every player who is selected to be viewing this as the most exciting period in his life so far.

"That’s quite a strong thing to say when you’re dealing with people like Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney who have experienced quite a lot in their careers.

"But I think when it was announced that this World Cup was in Brazil, the whole of the football world said: "That’s the place to be, that’s the tournament to qualify for.

"Whatever we are doing, we must not fail to qualify for Brazil and when we get there, we must not fail to put in a good performance as a team and show ourselves in a good light.

"That’s how I view it and that’s how I expect the players to view it and I think that’s how the English public will see it too."

After the disappointment in South Africa at the 2010 World Cup - coupled with the fact that Hodgson's side have been drawn in a difficult group with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica - many are sceptical about England's chances. 

But Hodgson is confident that the Three Lions can take the huge support they receive in their stride and make the nation proud. 

"I think everyone is excited by this tournament," he added while speaking at Tuesday's LMA President’s Dinner.

"I think everyone’s quite excited by the fact that this is an England team in transition at the moment and there are some very interesting players who could be involved.

"I think we will be very well supported, not only in Brazil but back here in England as well, wherever the games are being shown.

"So I’m sure the players will do their best and I’m very confident that we’ll come away from the tournament having given a good account of ourselves."


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