Fiji Time: 5:45 AM on Wednesday 29 July

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Hodgson appeals for England players to rest

Afp
Saturday, May 03, 2014

LONDON - England coach Roy Hodgson has urged Premier League clubs not to use World Cup squad members in postseason friendlies to ensure they are rested and their minds are clear for Brazil.

Abu Dhabi-owned Manchester City heads to the United Arab Emirates to play Al Ain on May 15, three days after Hodgson names the 23-man World Cup squad, with England goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder James Milner in line for the trip.

"I sent out a letter on FA paper to the clubs, giving them our program and asking them to be aware that my intention was that, from the last game of the season, the players should be totally free until we meet up — to get a break from football," Hodgson said.

"That's what we would like. But the bottom line is that we have no control over it. I've done what I can do."

With key squad members involved in a tense finale to the Premier League title race at Liverpool, Chelsea and City, Hodgson wants the players to "relax and clear their minds" before linking up with the squad.

"If the clubs say, 'We're not interested in that, we want to do something else,' then there's nothing I can do about it," Hodgson said at a briefing.

"I don't have the right or the authority to tell clubs what to do at the end of the season.

"What authority I do have is to keep the players from May 19 because the FIFA regulations say so."

After that point, Hodgson wants his players focused on Brazil and not negotiating any transfers.

Southampton duo Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana have been linked with lucrative moves to bigger Premier League sides.

"The players will have to accept I am not going to show any sympathy for that side of it," Hodgson said.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61720.5982
JPY 58.881855.8818
GBP 0.30370.2957
EUR 0.42650.4145
NZD 0.72210.6891
AUD 0.65400.6290
USD 0.47530.4583

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th July 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Dad dies, kids worry
  2. Distraught mum recalls promise
  3. Police investigate trio's death
  4. Ministry suspends teacher over alleged assault
  5. Poor continue to suffer
  6. Truck takes a dip
  7. Scholarship assistance
  8. Call to recognise, grow town into a city
  9. Attempts to salvage stranded vessel unsuccessful
  10. FSC to re-look at OHS

Top Stories this Week

  1. Beaten up Wednesday (22 Jul)
  2. Not guilty of rape Wednesday (22 Jul)
  3. Nightmare Thursday (23 Jul)
  4. Deaths haunt 15-year-old Monday (27 Jul)
  5. Nakasi rape suspect in court Sunday (26 Jul)
  6. Three dead Sunday (26 Jul)
  7. Dad dies, kids worry Tuesday (28 Jul)
  8. Tough battle Wednesday (22 Jul)
  9. Distraught mum recalls promise Tuesday (28 Jul)
  10. Where's the money Friday (24 Jul)