Hodgson wants Sunday Premier League games to stop during World Cup qualifiers

The Three Lions boss wants co-operation from television companies so he can spend more time with his squad ahead of crucial ties after limited preparation for the last matches

England boss Roy Hodgson wants all Premier League games to take place on a Saturday when the Three Lions have World Cup 2014 qualifying games the following week.

The 65-year-old was frustrated by the lack of preparation time he had with his squad before their games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Hodgson now wants the Premier League and television companies to compromise over the scheduling of games so his players are ready for action as soon as they report for international duty.

He said in a video posted on the Football Association’s official website: “This is the Premier League and TV. It would be nice if, when we're playing on Friday, the top teams played on Saturday and not Sunday. Then on Monday we could do a bit of work, and on Tuesday do some serious work.

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"But every time, the top clubs have played on Sunday and some at five o'clock on Sunday. If they're from Manchester and they've played in Southampton, they get back late at night then have to come down again.

"It would be lovely to think that one day we could all get together and say 'England is important'.

The former West Brom boss feels the backing of the country plays a huge part in success and wants to echo the triumph of Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.

He added: “You hear people trying to say it's only the Premier League that counts, and the Champions League, and people don't care about international football - something like 24 or 25 million watched our [Euro 2012] game against Italy.

"If you want to see the English desire to see a national team do well, you only have to go to the Olympics. It's Great Britain but you had 20,000 turning up to watch a handball game - let alone beach volleyball, but that's a different matter."

The 1-1 draw against Ukraine last time out drew criticism for Hodgson for the first time during his four-month tenure.

He says he is not expecting praise whilst in his position, but hopes after his time as boss has come to an end, he gets some recognition for doing a good job, adding: "I know I'll be vilified at some point but I hope when that vilification comes, somewhere down the line I'll get the redemption that a Bobby Robson had.

"You know when you take the job, you're dead. All you can hope is that you can enjoy that time on your death bed and that when you're resurrected a few years later, people say 'You know, he wasn't that bad'.