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Roy Hodgson gave 36 players England debuts - here are the five biggest mistakes he made

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Most England fans would agree that Roy Hodgson's tenure as England manager was pretty much a disaster.

Yes, he did very well in qualification, but when it came down to the major tournaments he couldn't have done much worse.

They went out on penalties to Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 (which would actually be Hodgson's peak as England boss), but then Costa Rica managed to finish above England with Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil sending them home at the group stages.

You'd think for a nation like England - who, incredibly, rose to third in the FIFA World Rankings under Hodgson - that would be the worst of it. But after scraping through the group stages at Euro 2016, Iceland - a country with under 335,000 people, knocked the Three Lions out at the round of 16 stage.

Pretty embarrassing, right? Hodgson did give debuts to the likes of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford during his time in charge, but let's face it, sometimes you can't miss!

Overall, he gave 36 debuts as England manager and here are the five worst:

Martin Kelly - May 26, 2012 V Norway

Then-Liverpool full-back Martin Kelly was just breaking into the team at Anfield when he got his call for Hodgson's first game as England boss. Ironically, Kelly now plays under Hodgson at Crystal Palace but has never featured for England again. Was Kelly ever going to become England material? Not even at his most promising.

Norway v England - International Friendly

Rickie Lambert - ​August 14, 2013 V Scotland

What a story it was for Rickie Lambert. After rising from non-league football through all four tiers of professional football in England, the Liverpool-born forward made a dream debut for England as he scored the winner against Scotland three minutes from time. Lambert would make eleven appearances overall whilst scoring three goals and he went to the 2014 World Cup. Many might argue he was worth the call-ups, but younger strikers were passed over because of his time in the side.

England v Scotland - International Friendly

Leon Osman - November 14, 2012 V Sweden

With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard at the tail end of their careers, bringing in the 31-year-old Leon Osman hardly seemed like a step forward, even if he was a popular and consistent performer for Everton. He made two appearances for England and then, predictably, was never selected again.

Sweden v England - International Friendly

Carl Jenkinson - November 14, 2012 V Sweden

Also appearing against the Swedes was Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson. The full-back had actually played for Finland's Under-21 side during his days at Charlton, but Hodgson wanted to secure the athletic right-sider for England. Although he would have an impressive spell on-loan at West Ham in 2014-15, a serious knee injury derailed his career and now the 26-year-old finds himself on-loan at Championship side Birmingham.

Sweden v England - International Friendly

Calum Chambers - September 3, 2014 V Norway

Just a couple of months earlier, Chambers had left Southampton to join Arsenal for around £16 million. He looked like one of England's brightest youngsters and although he is certainly a ball-playing full-back, he's nothing close to a John Stones and not nearly athletic enough to challenge Kyle Walker, Nathaniel Clyne and co. at right back. He's won three caps for England but at this point, he doesn't look like securing a starting spot for the Gunners and he'll never crack the England lineup either.


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