Hodgson hails youth promise

19 November 2014 07:58:31 EST
Roy Hodgson feels the future is bright for England's young players.

Roy Hodgson feels England's younger players will have benefited greatly from the experience of Tuesday's 3-1 friendly win against Scotland.

The Three Lions coach was delighted with his side's performance at Celtic Park with over 50,000 Scots' supporters providing an intimidating atmosphere which many players in the team have not experienced before.

Younger players such as Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne started in Glasgow, while Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling came off the bench later on in the second half.

We were talking a lot about the atmosphere and the support Scotland get here and how it's a little bit different to many of the games you play.

Roy Hodgson

Hodgson also praised the way the older players such as two-goal hero and skipper Wayne Rooney helped the youngsters, along with central defenders Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka who both got Chris Smalling through his 90-minute run-out.

And with England well on the way to qualifying for the European Championships in France in 2016, Hodgson feels the experience of playing games against the likes of Scotland away from home will stand them in good stead in the future.

He said: "I think we are getting into a situation where the younger ones who don't have so many caps do get a lot of help from the people around them and Wayne Rooney has got to be delighted with his few days from Saturday to now - first he picks up his cap and a goal and today he's scored two in a game where we've beaten Scotland away.

"It was certainly a good performance and there are many young players. We were talking a lot about the atmosphere and the support Scotland get here and how it's a little bit different to many of the games you play.

"I thought we handled it well. I thought our fans were magnificent throughout because without being able to shout down the 50,000-odd that outnumbered them, they certainly gave a good account of themselves and towards the end of the game I was very aware of their presence."

England are 1000/1 to win Euro 2016, while world champions Germany are 1000/1, hosts France are 4/9 and reigning champions Spain can be backed at 1000/1.

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