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England boss Roy Hodgson has warned his players that he wants total commitment from his World Cup squad and wont accept homesickness as an excuse for poor performances
Hodgson is set to name his squad on May 12 before the team fly to Portugal a week later as they prepare for the tournament which gets underway on June 12.
With just one home game against Peru, they will be doing plenty of travelling as they also have an eight-day training camp in Miami.
Although England are outsiders at odds of 30.00, they may spend eight weeks away from home if they make it to the final.
In a bid to try and fire up his team, Hodgson insists his team should relish the occasion.
He said: “From May 12th the players are going to be away. They’ll be with another group of players, doing maybe only one training session a day, so there’ll be a lot of free time.
“You’re not going to be with your wife, you’re going to not see your kids. But this is something you sign up for.
“Once you sign up for that, you shouldn’t then be saying: ‘Oh I’m missing my family; oh I’m bored. Or what can you do to help me?’
“It’s complete nonsense, it’s just one of those silly excuses that people use.
“You really cannot have that attitude. You’ve got to put your hand up and say ‘I can’t handle it.”