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Hodgson insists 'England must remain English' and not ape Spain ahead of Brazil 2014 World Cup

July 1, 2012 - London

Three Lions' manager Roy Hodgson has insisted England must remain English and not try to ape World Champions Spain.

Although Hodgson's Euro 2012 tactics have been criticized, but he is adamant that he will not be bullied into ripping up what he believes are 'England's strengths'.

"The words vision and ­philosophy frighten me because I had to go to the ­dictionary once to find out what the word philosophy meant, and I've forgotten again," the Daily Mirror quoted Hodgson, as saying.

"I don't want to emulate other nations. I want England to be England. We have to maintain that degree of pragmatism that we have always had in English football. We also have to retain that fighting spirit and doggedness," he added.

The former West Brom boss has already identified the kids he wants, to build England's new era around in preparation for the 2014 World Cup, and has also promised to experiment in the friendly against Italy next month.


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