England manager Roy Hodgson dismissed the notion that he will seek advice from the former Three Lions boss Fabio Capello in case he runs out of ideas, but paid tributes to him for helping England qualify for the European Championships.
The ex AC Milan coach, who guided the Serie A side to 4 league and one Champions League accolades under his supervision, resigned as England’s manager in April, after developing differences with Football Association over John Terry’s removal from captaincy.
Besides, the 66-year old has also coached top European clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus and Roma.
Following Capello’s departure, the FA named Hodgson as the Three Lions new boss in May.
The Englishman steered his side to the quarterfinals of the European Championships, and now faces a daunting task of beating Italy in the quarterfinals. However, Hodgson rubbished the suggestions that he will seek advice from the man who coached England
in 42 games, as to how to go about the game against Cesare Prandelli’s unit.
He told the reporters in an interview, “I don’t think I will be turning in particular to anybody for advice.”
“We will be making certain we use all the evidence we have got and study the video and make our own minds up as to how we go about the job.”
The former West Brom boss, one of the seasoned managers himself currently, insisted that England did not require any major changes in their strategy and if they are able to effectively execute their current game plan, they will be in with a serious chance
of getting the better of the Azzurri.
However, he lauded the efforts of the Italian in helping the Three Lions qualify for the coveted European competition, and felt that he would be thoroughly disappointed not to reap the fruits of all of his hard work at the end.
He remarked, “I am sure people will compare me with Capello because this is the team he qualified for this tournament. I am sure he must still be disappointed not to be here coaching this team himself.”
England will lock horns with Italy in the last quarterfinal on Sunday.