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Roy Hodgson drops hint towards experience in World Cup opener

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England manager Roy Hodgson has given his clearest indication yet that the experienced players in his squad will start Saturday's Group D opener in Manuas.

There has been much speculations following the friendlies in Miami as to whether Roy Hodgson will start with some of the youngsters who produced some flashes of quality against Honduras and Ecuador.

Ross Barkley was one of those names who many thought could be moved up the order and promoted into the starting line up, alongside Raheem Sterling despite his red card against Ecuador.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would have been another but picked up an injury, which despite good progress rules him out of action against the Azzurri.

Hodgson told the assembled media at England's training base earlier this week that some of the young players can show their potential this tournament, but experience should still be key.

He said: "It is very exciting. We have a potential, a lot of belief in this potential but I must advise some caution because the players haven't had a lot of chances in an England shirt to show they can realise that potential. I believe it will be but first lets see some good performances in England shirts.

"Lets calm down before we say we have world beaters because to have world beaters you have to put an international shirt on and play very well.

"We have more pace, more mobility, a lot of technical players. I am not trying to play down the future looks quite bright and there are interesting times ahead. This World Cup, we are also going to need our experienced players."

Despite this the England manager kept his hands close to his chest, refusing to rule anyone in or out of the first game against Italy.

Having walked off the training field after the first half of the session it is good news for Steven Gerrard, who you would think as captain will be the first name on the team sheet. 

As kick-off draws closer the manager has upped the intensity of training to prepare them to get back into competitive football.

Speaking at England media centre Hodgson said: "Today for the first time we want to have a more intense training session. I am sure as the week goes on, you will see a build-up in the intensity."

England have been criticised for the way Manaus was viewed by the manager and press after the draw, even the Mayour of Manaus was critical in the aftermath of those words, asking fans to behave like priests.

Hodgson has denied that England complained about the venue and is hoping that people move on from this issue.

He exclaimed. "It is not true we complained about Manaus and Brazil and that nonsense should be put to bed. I am more than happy to be here for another World Cup. We are looking forward to playing in the World Cup and will play in any city we are given."

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