Hodgson looking for a more incisive England heading into Sweden clash

England manager Roy Hodgson has pinpointed the final third of the field as the area most in need of improvement heading into the Sweden clash on Friday.

The Three Lions mustered just one shot on target against France on Monday, compared to seven from the French. However, there were positives to be taken from the game, with England’s back line producing a solid display and Hodgson has admitted that he wants to see a more incisive England in the final third of the pitch.

"It's in the final third, isn't it?" Hodgson replied when asked where he wanted to see the most improvement from his team.

"Once or twice, especially in the first half, there were some very promising counter-attacks that broke down because we tried a one-touch pass to finish it off rather than taking that extra touch.

"I thought there were quite a few other attacks which floundered, I suppose, on the fact we didn't quite get the last pass right.

"The French were just the opposite. They don't play a lot of one-touch football around the penalty box. They play a lot of two, three touches, holding on to the ball and asking another question.

"Sometimes I think we want to try to finish it off too quickly, probably because that's the way the Premier League is like."

Like in England’s final warm-up game against Belgium at Wembley, Danny Welbeck started up front with Ashley Young playing behind his Manchester United team-mate.

Hodgson admitted he was impressed with the duo’s performance against France, though did concede he was relishing the return from suspension of Wayne Rooney.

He continued: "Our real ace in the hole, I think, should be Wayne Rooney, because he is very fit and raring to go.

"He really can't wait to get on the field and if he can play like the Rooney we know, we're going to be a bit more difficult to beat for some of these teams, because you can only benefit from having someone of his quality in your team.

"But also you must remember that Ashley Young hasn't always played that position, and Danny Welbeck, who is 21, did really well."

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