• Posted on: 12 March 2014

Even though England did not create much opportunities in the 1-0 win over Denmark, it was a positive outing for the national team. Manager Roy Hodgson decided to use a number of young players for this international friendly, which will be one of the last matches to test players ahead of the World Cup 2014.

Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the game and Southampton’s Adam Lallana helped create this goal. Liverpool’s Sterling was also one of the impressive players on the pitch. Such displays have meant that Hodgson will have a selection headache when he names his 30 man squad for the World Cup in a short time.

However, the former Liverpool manager says that this is a good problem to have because it means that a number of players are looking to sneak into the plane for Brazil. England have been unable to replace most of their aging players for a long time. The likes of Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard are on their last legs with the national team, but this friendly has given a huge boost to the hopes of England doing well at the World Cup.

Critics have said that the team must be much more open than they were against Denmark since scoring goals against top opposition will be difficult with this setup.

"It means headaches for me but it's good news. I'm happy with their desire to get on that plane. Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, even Jack Wilshere, all of those came out of the game with credit. If I was to say one thing I was most pleased with it would be the fact we put a lot of youngish players who haven't played a lot for England on the pitch, and they did a good job and improved their chances,” said Hodgson.