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Roy Hodgson says his England side must be ready to attack their opposition if they want to compete with the best at this year’s World Cup.
After taking over on the eve of Euro 2012, Hodgson chose to adopt a conservative approach in Poland and Ukraine as his team eventually crashed out against Italy in the quarter-finals.
The Three Lions, who are 30.00 to win the World Cup, are due to meet the Azzurri again in Brazil in their opening Group D game before clashes against Uruguay and Costa Rica in what looks set to be a competitive group.
England are currently 3.10 to win the group but are a much different animal from two years ago, with the boss introducing a number of fresh faces to the squad over the last few months and they now appear to have the pace to harm opponents.
The opening match against Italy is sure to provide a tough task when it comes to breaking down a defensive unit but the experienced manager is confident he has the players to trouble Cesare Prandelli’s fabled backline.
“We will be brave, we will believe in ourselves and we will risk defeat,” Hodgson told talkSPORT. “We won’t try and sneak our way through the games because I think with the type of players we have that wouldn’t suit us.
“We have to allow our players to express themselves in the same way they do in the top Premier League teams, and I don’t think you will see England sit back against Italy. I hope that we will have a team on the field that is good enough to ask enough questions of the Italians.”