Wednesday August 15 2012
Hodgson: 'England like at Euros'

Roy Hodgson enjoyed England’s win over an experimental Italy side, but insisted there wasn’t “a great difference” from the Euro 2012 meeting.

“I don't think there was a great difference between what we did in the Euros and what we did tonight. Perhaps we just played with that little bit more composure,” insisted Hodgson of the 2-1 win.

Italy had knocked England out of the tournament six weeks ago on penalties after dominating the match.

This was the first time the Three Lions had beaten the Azzurri since another 1997 friendly on neutral turf.

“It was worthwhile because it gave us a chance to see so many new players,” said the manager.

“It might have been different if we had used the same players who had been at the Euros with us. But it was great to be able to give some of the senior players a rest and to be able to blood some new players, some fresh talent and they answered the challenge in the best possible way with a great victory.

“We know Tom Cleverley is a great player, a very important player for Manchester United, who were unlucky to lose him for so long last season. He has been playing for GB, playing very well for GB and it was great for him to be able to make his England debut tonight.

“It is not about systems it is about players. Three in midfield passed very well, our wide men worked very hard but everyone played their part.”

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