Hodgson makes nine changes for Costa Rica game
Hodgson makes nine changes for Costa Rica game, challenges Barkley and Wilshere to prove themselves
Roy Hodgson has challenged Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere to prove England have a bright future ahead of them after their World Cup shambles.
Having been eliminated last Friday after two straight defeats, England’s final Group D match against Costa Rica tonight is nothing but a dead rubber.
Hodgson admitted he is in “a realm of despair” after leading England to their fastest World Cup exit.
That despair will increase tonight if England are beaten by Costa Rica who, despite holding a 100 per cent record in Brazil, sit below Scotland (27th) in the Fifa rankings at No. 28.
Barkley, 20, and Wilshere, 22, will start in central midfield tonight.
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