Hodgson welcomes England selection headache ahead of Poland clash

The Three Lions boss warns fans to expect a tough encounter in Warsaw, and claimed that the options he faces in choosing his side are those that managers enjoy

England manager Roy Hodgson has welcomed the extensive options he has available ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying clash with Poland in Warsaw.

Hodgson’s side beat San Marino 5-0 at Wembley on Friday, with a number of fringe players - such as Leighton Baines and Danny Welbeck - staking their claim for a regular starting berth.

But the former West Brom boss has insisted that an embarrassment of riches should never been looked at negatively, instead insisting that these are the kinds of problems that managers dream of.

"There's quite a few [selection decisions] and that's good. I prefer not to either quantify them or put them in any sort of order,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I thought the players who came in against San Marino, who people perhaps didn't see as the first choice, did so well and played so well, and that of course means you get more of a selection headache, but as coaches will tell you, selection headaches are what we are after.”

The Three Lions squad has also benefitted from an influx of young players, with the likes of Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proving influential in recent matches.

But Hodgson heeded the need for finding a balance between youth and maturity.

“It's always nice to have experience in your team but it's also quite nice to have some younger players in our team,” he continued.

“But experience is important, and I think we have a good balance between youth and experience.”

The 65-year-old moved to warn fans that England’s opponents will be no pushovers in Warsaw, as he prepares his side for a tough test against the Poles.

"We're expecting a very tough game. At this level of football you're a fool if you ever expect an easy game,” he added.

“Of course, San Marino, everyone knows they find it difficult to win matches but that isn't the case for Poland or the other teams in our group. We know this will be a test for us.

"But I like to think we're prepared for that test and we'll play at the level we want to play at."