Exclusive: David James hails England boss Hodgson

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Former England goalkeeper David James has praised Roy Hodgson ahead of tonight's friendly match against Scotland.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, James admitted he had previously backed Harry Redknapp for the job - but is now fully behind Hodgson.

The BT pundit said: "Is he the right guy? Yeah, and as much as I was on the Harry Redknapp bandwagon when they were talking about the new England manager, that was just a short-term solution to get them through and to be successful in the finals.

“I met Roy when I was doing my coaching badges at St. George's Park. I had a little conversation with him and the guy is decent.

“Long-term solution, I know Roy is very into his stats. When he was at Fulham he’d pick his side based on the stats. 

“I imagine that his England selection will be based around the same ethos and therefore looking at development in youngsters and to bring them through. I think England are in good hands.”

James, who was capped 53 times for the England national team, believes Hodgson should have a larger pool of top quality England goalkeepers at his disposal.

The 43-year-old also questioned England Under-21 shot-stopper Jack Butland's recent move to Stoke as he feels the starlet will be confined to the substitutes' bench. 

“I question whether Butland will play or develop at Stoke because I mean Asmir [Begovic] is a very talented goalkeeper.

“Our next best goalkeeper in Jack Butland has gone and signed as a number two for someone.”

James concluded the interview - held at BT Sport's new production hub in Stratford - by labelling Fabio Capello as the best national team manager he played under. 

"I really liked Fabio Capello. Only because he was a bit like Sheldon from Big Bang Theory – very pedantic, straight and you knew exactly what you were getting from him. 

“There were no blurred areas. He knew everything – everything that he talked about, in the sense that if you questioned something he already knew what the answer was, which was good, because he was pretty much right every time as well.

“Having said that, I had the upmost respect for Sven-Goran Eriksson because I think he dropped me twice, maybe three times, and every time it was like: ‘You’re not playing or you’re not involved in the squad because of this’ and he’d list the reasons why. Again he was just straight."

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