After the run to the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament, the Three Lions manager was left impressed by three Manchester United and Chelsea stars hoping to make the step upRoy Hodgson has identified Chelsea duo Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand, as well as Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, as potential England stars after being impressed by their performances at the Olympic Games this summer.
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And Hodgson hopes that the Olympic experience has set the trio - who have only one England senior cap between them - on the right path to start making a regular spot in his squad their own.
Speaking to the Football Association's official website, Hodgson said: "Most of them (the GB players) are pretty much ready anyway, but one or two of the younger players like Bertrand and Sturridge and players like Tom Cleverley, who is coming back from injury, may have not been quite so much a fixture in their teams.
"Let's hope the Olympic experience with Team GB has given them a better chance of staking a claim for a regular spot."
Hodgson will name a squad for the friendly with Euro 2012 finalists Italy on August 15, and has previously stated an intention to use some players who weren't integral parts of his European Championship squad.
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