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Roy Hodgson praises Everton & Southampton ethos

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Roy Hodgson has thanked two Premier League managers for starting young Englishman at their respective clubs.

England's manager applauded Roberto Martinez and Mauricio Pochettino, whose teams have enjoyed good seasons after the pair trusted youthful English talent.

Ross Barkley has been a key performer in Everton's bid for a first top-four finish since 2005 and teenager John Stones has started consistently of late.

When speaking at Wembley, Hodgson said: "One thing that has helped me with regards to younger players are people like Roberto Martinez being quite prepared to leave out Leon Osman for young Barkley."

Everton's 20-year-old made his international debut in September and is expected to be named in the 23-man squad to Brazil after having a fabulous season.

Pochettino also received praise from Hodgson, due to Southampton's reliance on English players and academy products.

Fulham's former boss added: "Pochettino has given chances to players like James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw. That shows a certain bravery and it has definitely been rewarded."

The Argentinian also helped England in 2002, when he conceded the penalty David Beckham converted as The Three Lions won their second group game.

After notable young performers during an enthralling season, Hodgson is excited about the number of relatively inexperienced footballers impressing.

He beamed: "There's been a lot of very interesting younger players that have come through that are not just knowing on the door anymore, but hammering on the door."

Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney will provide England with invaluable tournament experience this June and rookies like Barkley and Shaw could both feature for Hodgson's side.

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