Hodgson: We’ll be brave in Brazil
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.”