World Cup: Former England defender Jamie Carragher is pleased Roy Hodgson is staying
Last Updated: 20/06/14 10:19pm
Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher thinks England are right to keep faith with manager Roy Hodgson, despite their early exit from the World Cup.
Having lost 2-1 to both Italy and Uruguay, England’s hopes of qualification were hanging by a thread, and their exit was confirmed when Costa Rica beat Italy 1-0 on Friday.
However, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke told Sky Sports on Friday that Hodgson will remain at the helm through to the 2016 European Championship.
Asked if he thought that was the right decision, former England defender Carragher said: “I think it is.
“But I think the last game is also important. He is obviously going to keep his job but you certainly don’t want to be going home with three defeats and Costa Rica look a decent side now.
“It’s OK Greg Dyke saying that but, if England suffer another defeat, it may become untenable then.
"Hopefully the youngsters will show what they can do in that game and in qualifying for Euro 2016, which I’m sure we’ll walk through.
“But it is right Roy Hodgson is staying and I’m glad Greg Dyke has come out and said that. There would have been a lot of talk and hopefully this will kill that talk.”
And Carragher told Sky Sports World Cup podcast - which you can download at http://www.skysports.ie/podcast - that Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Jack Wilshere should start against Costa Rica on Tuesday.
I think the last game is also important. He is obviously going to keep his job but you certainly don’t want to be going home with three defeats and Costa Rica look a decent side now.
“I think that you can bring Jack Wilshere in,” he said. “Jordan Henderson has done OK after a great season, but it could be time for Wilshere.
“I thought that it was crying out for him at times in the second half of the Uruguay game. That was a substitution that should have been made much earlier.
“There is scope for bringing in some of those players. Barkley and Shaw definitely have to come in. (Raheem) Sterling will have to stay in.
“Then it is up to Roy Hodgson if he wants to give certain players a final game, if it is Stevie (Gerrard) or Frank Lampard. It would be a nice gesture.
“But the most important thing is that the younger players gain experience, and not giving a thank you to older players at the end of their career. Yes it would be nice if Roy can mix the team up and do both, but the most important thing is those young players.”
Mario Balotelli scored the winner for Italy against England while Luis Suarez bagged a brace in Uruguay’s defeat of Hodgson’s men.
And Carragher thinks England’s failure to deal with such top class strikers was the reason for their exit.
“We all realised at the start of the group it was going to be tough, but it was one you still felt England could come through,” he said.
“Even after the Italy defeat, I still felt England would have enough to beat Uruguay.
“But, defensively, they haven’t been up to it. There have been question marks over the defence in terms of how they would stand up to real top class international opposition.
“Coming up against players of the quality of Balotelli, Luis Suarez, (Edinson) Cavani, they have struggled and they have been found out really.
“The top level is about small details. Small mistakes decide big games. Every time we have made one at the back we have been punished, because of the top class players we have been up against.”