England squad: Roy Hodgson backs Gareth Southgate to forget about the noise and identify the appropriate 23 gamers for Euros

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Former England manager Roy Hodgson has backed Gareth Southgate to shut out the noise and make a success of picking his Three Lions squad for Euro 2020.

With England having now played their final competitive game before Southgate has to name his 23-man squad for the tournament, there will be plenty of interest around who will make the cut over the coming weeks and months.

It is a position Hodgson knows well having taken England to three major tournaments from 2012-2016, and while the 73-year-old says it can be uncomfortable to let players down, shutting out that noise is the easy part.

Hodgson said: “You do have lots of times when you don’t feel comfortable because you have to make decisions that you’ll have to relay to people, and sometimes you’ll have to relay them to people who have actually done a pretty good job for you during the qualification campaign. That is never an easy task.

“To some extent, blocking out the clamour can be a little bit easier. Because principles, what you want and how you want your team to play, how you want this squad to be when you go away with them, you are so aware on that. It is not so much the clamour to include someone who hasn’t been part of your thinking.

“It is more a question of how you are going to balance the number of players in their positions. To what extent you can take players with you who will be good colleagues, teammates and travellers.

“I try to work on that sort of basis, I haven’t always done it as well as I should have done. Certainly in Switzerland I left two guys out then who haunt me to this day. One was Chris Bonvin and the other was Beat Sutter.

“I know quite a few of the [England] players but there are 10 or so that I don’t know particularly well. Gareth and [his assistant] Steve Holland will know them extremely well so they won’t have any trouble making the sort of decision I’m talking about if they decide that is the right way to go.

“Certainly the choice is much bigger with an England team than with a Switzerland team and that has increased over the years as well. Even from 2012 when I was appointed a lot more players have come on the scene.

“That makes the decision for Gareth that little bit harder. He knows I wish him well with it and I am sure he’ll do a good job of picking the squad because he’s done it so far.”

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