Hodg­son: We’ll be brave in Brazil

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Roy Hodg­son has vowed that Eng­land will go on the at­tack at this sum­mer’s World Cup.

Hodg­son is count­ing down the days un­til Eng­land kick off their World Cup cam­paign against Italy in Manaus on June 14.

The last time Eng­land met Italy in a ma­jor tour­na­ment was in Euro 2012, when they lost on penal­ties af­ter a dull 0-0 draw over 120 min­utes.

Hodg­son has, un­fairly to some ex­tent, earned a rep­u­ta­tion as a con­ser­va­tive coach, but the for­mer Liver­pool man­ager says his Eng­land squad will not hold back at the World Cup.

“We will be brave, we will be­lieve in our­selves and we will risk de­feat,” Hodg­son told talkSPORT.

“We won’t try and sneak our way through the games be­cause I think with the type of play­ers we have that wouldn’t suit us.

“We have to al­low our play­ers to ex­press them­selves in the same way they do in the top Pre­mier League teams, and I don’t think you will see Eng­land sit back against Italy. I hope that we will have a team on the field that is good enough to ask enough ques­tions of the Ital­ians.

“We don’t feel we need to con­cen­trate all our ef­forts on con­tain­ing them - we want to ask a lot of ques­tions of them.”

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