England need to get away from Roy Hodgson's safe approach

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Sitting and watching England should be a time where as a nation we unite and talk about the excellent team performances. Instead we gang up on social media sites and find the faults in every player who doesn't represent our favoured clubs. 

Jack Wilshere, for me, was England's best player in the most recent European qualifiers, but as a nation we are assessing the positives of an individual performance when we really should be panicking about the lack of passion and, frankly, how boring England have become.

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Not good enough

Roy Hodgson has become far too predictable and safe in his selection process and it needs to be changed. The Lions beat a ten man Estonia team who sat 81st in the world rankings and it simply isn't good enough. 

England should get through the group relatively easily, but Hodgson needs to experiment and use this gift of a group - for that is what it is - to give certain players necessary experience ahead of 2016. 

Hodgson's caution

Rickie Lambert is a prime example of Hodgson being safe and actually quite unfair. Saido Berahino has been on fire at West Brom this year and given the experience necessary, he could be a star at the Euro's in 2016.

Lambert, at 32, will probably not make that 23-man squad in two years time. No offence to the man but he is taking a seat which could benefit some youngsters with massive experience ahead of 2016. 

Dropping senior figures

Jagielka, now 32, will probably not feature in 2016 either, yet Hodgson is playing far too safe against opposition who sit deep down in the world rankings, and who England should be beating comfortably. Perhaps by offering these places to youngsters we may see a bit of passion?

If nothing is changed we will role around in 2016 and point the finger at Hodgson for taking an inexperienced squad which we don't feel comfortable in. Two years at the top level of the international ladder can provide a massive benefit when the games really matter and trophies can be won. 

Need for experiment

It worries me that we are taking only the best players, from the best clubs, in order to beat nations which we should feel comfortable against. Nothing taken away from Estonia's performance, but shouldn't we as fans be excited to watch our country play and watch them develop through to the major tournaments?

If we did then come 2016 we could feel a little more confident in a nation which has the ability to be winning major tournaments. 

Phil Jagielka
Rickie Lambert
Saido Berahino
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