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England manager Roy Hodgson left with more questions after narrow win over Denmark

Updated: Thursday, 06 Mar 2014 11:44 | Comments

Roy Hodgson will name an initial 30-man squad on 13 May
Roy Hodgson will name an initial 30-man squad on 13 May

Adam Lallana almost certainly secured a place in the England squad for the World Cup but a generally sluggish performance in a narrow 1-0 friendly win over Denmark raised more questions than answers for coach Roy Hodgson.

Lallana's arrival after 58 minutes - along with the halftime introduction of his teenage Southampton team mate Luke Shaw, who made his debut when he replaced Ashley Cole - helped liven up England after a pedestrian first half on Wednesday.

Lallana provided one exquisite piece of skill with a smart "Cruyff turn" and also sent over the perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge to head home the only goal after 82 minutes.

England deserved the victory as they dominated most of the game against mediocre opponents who failed to qualify for Brazil, but who still, on occasion, threatened England and could have made it a vastly more embarrassing night for the home side.

Despite his praise for the younger players in his side, this strangely unsatisfactory performance left the coach with more questions than answers with just over two months to go before he names his provisional 30-man squad for the finals.

Even more importantly, he has to decide who makes his final 23-man selection and this performance has left him with plenty to ponder.

"It means headaches for me but it's good news. I'm happy with their desire to get on that plane," Hodgson said after the game.
              
"Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, even Jack Wilshere... all of those came out of the game with credit."
              
Hodgson will name an initial 30-man squad on 13 May before the final home friendly against Peru on 30 May.

Three days later, he must submit his 23-man squad for the finals before the last two friendlies in Miami against Honduras on June 4 and Ecuador on 7 June.

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