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Hodgson hints at experienced England squad for Euro 2012

The departing Baggies boss will name his 23-men to go to the tournament on Wednesday, and rumours suggest that he will pick a team consisting of older internationals

Roy Hodgson has hinted that the basis of his England team to take to Euro 2012 will feature players that excelled in the qualifying stages, while he is also willing to give chances to those that need to prove themselves.

The departing West Brom manager will announce his 23-man squad on Wednesday afternoon ahead of the summer’s tournament.

England’s more experienced players are likely to predominantly feature over the less capped individuals, with few surprise names expected to be part of the list.

"It has been interesting taking over a squad of players that has qualified for the tournament and done extremely well to qualify for the tournament under another manager," he told reporters. "I have tried to keep things in mind there and try to put together a squad which I think is capable of doing well in the tournament, and giving players also a chance perhaps to show that they are as good a player as we believe they were in the previous tournaments, when maybe the team has not gone quite as far as we hoped they would go."

After being named the new England boss at the beginning of the month, the 63-year-old admits it was difficult to juggle both West Brom’s final games of the season at the same time as judging his team for the Euros.

"It has been a whirlwind. It has not been easy to balance the two things," admitted Hodgson. "It is one thing to say you are going to be fully professional and say you are going to keep your mind focused on your job at West Brom. But when you have just been given the England job and you know the Euros are coming up it is almost inhuman if you can balance it and I'm very grateful to the players that they have balanced themselves."


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