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Roy Hodgson to be given 384 page World Cup report

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The English Football Association are compiling a 384-page tactical report on the World Cup which will be given to England manager Roy Hodgson.

The report has been put together by a number of coaches and analysts that have watched video footage of every World Cup match at St George's Park. It's aim is to help Hodgson in his attempt to qualify for Euro 2016 in France.

Every match in Brazil has been analysed and then submitted to the organisation's head of talent identification Mike Rigg, who then identifies the tactical trends that have arose from the competition and decides how England should react.

A huge cinema-style screen has been erected at St George's Park where more than 30 people, divided into pairs, examine each match. Each pair is expected to write a six page report on the match in a pre-determined template. The reports are supposed to focus on formations and how the managers have altered their tactics throughout the match.

After the reports have been submitted, England Under 20 manager Aidy Boothroyd and Under 21 manager Gareth Southgate will also give their opinion and a conclusion will be met in a meeting with Hodgson and his staff after the tournament has finished.

Initial conclusions have identified the differences between European team planning and the South American sides dependence on individuals skill and flair. There is a feeling amongst many of the coaches and analysts that Hodgson's side were caught in between being a solid European side and a South American like side depending on flair.

His side did receive praise though for their display against Italy with young trio Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Welbeck being recognised for their skill and energy but England still lost the match.

Their defeat against Uruguay was bitterly disappointing with defensive mistakes gifted Luis Suarez two goals as he ensured England lost two out of two.

Their draw against Costa Rica in the final match earned them their first point as they exited the World Cup group stages for the first time since 1958.

Many people will believe this report will be a positive for England as they look to emulate the successful countries in their quest for their second international tournament win. But others will see that 'copying' other nations means that we are still behind them and by the time we have implemented their tactics, they would have moved on and become even better with an alternative gameplan.

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