Hodgson keen to work on Brazil preparation

Roy Hodgson is determined to have his say on who England face in the run-up to next year's World Cup.

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The Football Association has chosen the opponents for each friendly during Hodgson's 19-month stint as England manager.

After facing the likes of Brazil, Scotland and Germany, the England manager has no complaints about the procedure, but he definitely wants to pick the opponents for England's games next summer.

England have an international against the United States pencilled in next June, but the opponents for a May friendly at Wembley, and another game in Miami just before the tournament starts, are yet to be decided.

Once England discover their World Cup group next month, Hodgson will single out the friendly opponents he feels will help the team prepare for the tournament in Brazil.

"I have been here for 19 months and I have never actually chosen a friendly," the England manager said.

"What I am expecting to choose, and have some serious say in is those matches which precede our first game in the World Cup.

"I expect to have some say. The reason we play these friendlies is because we want to test ourselves against the best."

The Brazil World Cup draw will take place in the north-eastern city of Salvador on December 6.

England will not be seeded for the tournament as they are currently sit 10th in the FIFA rankings.



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