Hodgson warns England stars over summer friendlies

The Three Lions boss says he expects his players to be available for the double-header against Ireland and Brazil as he continues his World Cup preparations
Roy Hodgson has warned his England players that they must be available for the summer friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Hodgson is refusing to make any deals with Premier League clubs who want to rest their players at the end of the season and is adamant that the players represent their country in the two games.

"A lot of international teams are playing qualifying games during this period so I don’t need to have any worries as to whether the players I select will come and play for England.” Hodgson told The Sun.

Despite Hodgson’s warnings, a number of Premier League clubs are thought to be unhappy with the demands being put on their players – including Manchester City and Chelsea, who are to play each other twice in the USA the week before England’s two friendlies.

England will host the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 before departing for Rio de Janeiro for their game against Brazil on June 2 as part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

The Three Lions boss claims the two matches are vital for England’s World Cup preparations, with England playing a further friendly match against Scotland in August before restarting their qualifying campaign against Moldova in September.