Jagielka - Hodgson could be key
Phil Jagielka is hoping Roy Hodgson proves to be the 'missing ingredient' as England look to end their long wait for international success.
Last Updated: 29/05/12 4:17pm
Phil Jagielka is hoping that Roy Hodgson proves to be the 'missing ingredient' for England as they look to end their long wait for international success.
The Three Lions head to this summer's European Championship free of the expectation that has held them back so often in the past.
Those inside the camp believe that could play into their hands, while a change in the dugout is also being billed as a blessing in disguise.
Hodgson's appointment as successor to Fabio Capello has taken England in a different direction and offered a clean slate to those who have underachieved at past events.
Jagielka, who has been drafted into the Three Lions' 23-man squad for Euro 2012 following an unfortunate injury to Gareth Barry, is confident the right man has been placed at the helm.
Hodgson has prior experience of international management and tournament football from his time with Switzerland and he is being backed to put England back into contention for top honours.
"I think he can impose his ideas, the tactical knowledge and how he wants the team to shape up and how he wants us to play," said Everton centre-half Jagielka.
"We've all been playing for a number of years. It's not like it is a new game for us but he can put his thoughts across on the training ground.
"He and Ray Lewington will be out on the training ground getting us to play the way they want us to play.
"Hopefully they can find the missing ingredient to put us through to the latter stages of the tournament."