Odemwingie - Roy the right man
Peter Odemwingie believes Roy Hodgson's record of getting the best out of average teams is just what England need.
Last Updated: 08/05/12 9:07am
Peter Odemwingie believes Roy Hodgson's record of getting the best out of average teams is just what England need, after being impressed by the manager's organisational skills at West Brom this season.
Hodgson was confirmed as Fabio Capello's permanent successor by the Football Association last week and he will leave his club job with the Baggies after Sunday's final game of the season to take charge of the national team.
The FA will hope that Hodgson can get England challenging for major honours again and West Brom striker Odemwingie thinks it is a sensible appointment.
Odemwingie has enjoyed working with Hodgson at The Hawthorns, even if he has found the emphasis to be on defending well rather than looking for goals.
"The results England have expected from the team they have not been getting for the past 10 or 15 years, so he is known for getting the best out of even an average team," Odemwingie told Sky Sports News.
"I am not saying England are an average team but they are not winning the World Cup and the Euros so they are not the best, and they might need what Roy Hodgson can offer.
"We learned a lot from him. To be honest I would say he did play more defensive football, but it was a pleasure working with him because he did give some tips."
Odemwingie added: "Not every game is the same. Some days we did play offensive football, but the majority was trying to keep a clean sheet and get one goal.
"He taught us how to be very organised on the pitch and wait for the right moment to get a goal."