Roy Hodgson: England youngsters should follow Steven Gerrard example

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Manager Roy Hodgson has challenged his young England stars to follow the example of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

The duo retired from England duty last year, while 21-year-old Tottenham striker Harry Kane has just been called up for the first time.

Hodgson told BBC News School Report: "It's forced us to look at young players.

"We want to create a platform with our experienced players and wait for the younger ones to try to emulate the success of Gerrard and Lampard."

England's most-capped players:
Peter Shilton - 125 David Beckham - 115
Steven Gerrard - 114 Bobby Moore - 108
Ashley Cole - 107 Sir Bobby Charlton - 106
Frank Lampard - 106 Billy Wright - 105
Wayne Rooney - 101 Bryan Robson - 90

Gerrard and Lampard won 216 caps between them before bringing their international careers to a close after the team's early exit at last year's World Cup finals in Brazil.

Hodgson, talking to pupils from Walton-le-Dale Arts College in Preston, also pointed to the departure of former Arsenal and Chelsea full-back Ashley Cole, who won 107 England caps,

"The World Cup signalled the end for some of our more experienced players," said Hodgson.

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Image caption Lampard and Gerrard played together for England since 2000

"Wayne Rooney took the captaincy and he's one of our few senior players left.

"We had a youngish squad in Brazil, but tempered with some very experienced players but now it's only Wayne who's up there as a really experienced member of the squad in terms of caps.

"More and more young players are coming through and all I can hope is that's a trend."

Roy Hodgson on...
World Cup performance: "I learnt the lesson that it's small margins that make the difference between success and failure." Being England boss: "What I enjoy the most is the training, the coaching and the game - it's a great honour to be England manager."
Next week's game v Lithuania: "I'm expecting us to win but I always expect us to win. We're entitled to accept the burden of being the favourites to win that one." Grassroots football: "Not everyone can be a top professional but that's not to mean you can't enjoy playing the game. To me grassroots football means a lot."

Hodgson has named his squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly against Italy. In-form Tottenham forward Kane made the headlines, being called up for the first time.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a breakthrough season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions.

"If you're asking the question is Harry Kane likely to be called up then at the moment with the way he's playing, I think he's got a great chance," added Hodgson, talking before the announcement of his squad.

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Image caption Hodgson took England to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil

Hodgson said he was confident England, who are already six points clear at the top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group, would be strong enough to beat Lithuania on 27 March at Wembley.

"If we could win that one, that would be a really good first half of the qualifying campaign," he said.

"That would put us very much on the front foot when it comes to the second half of the campaign."

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