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Hodgson considers midfield options

20 May 2012 18:04

England manager Roy Hodgson believes Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard can form an effective partnership in midfield at Euro 2012.

The pair have often failed to fire playing alongside each other for the national team, despite their success with Liverpool and Chelsea respectively.

But with both named in the 23-man squad for the European Championships, Hodgson is refusing to rule out picking Liverpool captain Gerrard and Chelsea veteran Lampard in the same team.

"I know it hasn't worked well in the past and that is why I don't want to say 'it is nonsense, of course it can work," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"I would be flying in the face of quite a lot of evidence you can put before me to prove it is not true. Sometimes players don't gel for certain reasons.

"I need to work with them to find that out for myself. I can't guarantee I won't be saying the same as other people once I've done that, but I am happy to give them a chance because I have seen them both do very good central midfield jobs for their club sides.

"I can't really see any reason why they can't play together."

Hodgson also spoke of the enthusiastic response he received from players when discussing his plans for England's Euro 2012 campaign, citing Gerrard as an example.

"I know Steven is burning to bring the qualities he has got to England. He has made that perfectly clear to me," he said.

"I have been buoyed by some of the conversations I have had. You never know when you speak to players who have not always had the best of times and taken a lot of criticism for their performances.

"I wasn't certain I was going to get that enthusiasm - 'pick me, I want to play, give me that shirt, please don't take it from me'."

England begin their European Championship campaign against Group D opponents France on June 11, with matches against Sweden and tournament co-hosts Ukraine to follow.

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