HODGSON PRAISE FOR CHELSEA DUO

Posted on: Mon 06 Aug 2012

Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Bertrand may have suffered Olympic agony with Team GB following their penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of South Korea, but the youngsters can take great heart from their performances during the competition, according to England manager Roy Hodgson.

The Chelsea duo were regulars throughout the tournament, with Sturridge scoring two goals -including the winner against Uruguay to secure a place in the quarter-finals - and Bertrand turning in a string of accomplished displays at left-back.

Hodgson, who watched GB twice during their campaign and will also be at Villa Park for our Community Shield clash with Manchester City on Sunday, reveals his squad for the upcoming friendly against Italy on Friday, and it appears as though Sturridge and Bertrand could be in contention for a call-up.

'Most of them [GB players] are pretty much ready anyway,' he said. 'But one or two of the younger players like Bertrand and Sturridge, and players like Tom Cleverley who is coming back from injury, may not have been quite so much a fixture in their teams.

'Let's hope the Olympic experience with Team GB has given them a better chance of staking a claim for a regular spot.

'There will be players involved in that game who weren't part of the Euros, and I'm sure Italy will make changes too.'