No fitness worries for Hodgson

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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England manager Roy Hodgson has a fully-fit squad to select from for Thursday night’s European Championship qualifier against San Marino.

Fabian Delph sat out training on Tuesday and was feared to be a doubt but Hodgson, while remaining tight-lipped on final team selection, revealed on Wednesday that he had no injury worries.

” He (Delph) took a knock at the weekend but he trained fully today,” he told a press conference televised by Sky Sports News.

“We’ve been fortunate to come through with all the players that we’ve selected (in) training.”

With San Marino the joint-lowest ranked team in the world, it has been speculated that Hodgson may field a weakened side but the manager dismissed those suggestions while admitting he is not afraid to use his squad.

“We’re not planning on wholesale changes,” he said.

“We are keen to keep the momentum going. I think the players who played against Norway and against Switzerland did a good job and deserve a further confidence.

“But on the other hand there are a lot of players who are knocking on the door and would like to get into the team and I’ve got to weigh the two things very carefully.

“Keeping the team together but maybe also using at least one of these two games as a chance to see somebody else play.”

He added: “I think that the players I select tomorrow will be anxious to play at the highest of their levels. That should be difficult for a team like San Marino to live with if we reach that goal and I think that that will lead to us scoring goals.

“But quite frankly, I don’t think that the qualification this time around is going to hang on goal difference anyway.”

Published: Wednesday 8th October 2014 by The News Editor

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