England manager Roy Hodgson says he is planning a major overhaul of the nation's footballing philosophy in the years ahead, after taking inspiration from the long-term planning that underpins Spain and Germany's international triumphs.
Hired in the run-up to UEFA EURO 2012, Hodgson conceded that his side were not "at our best" in Poland and Ukraine, but after a decent start to 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying he hopes to build something more substantial for the future.
"Vicente [del Bosque] has had a long time with the [Spain] team, but even before that this team were being built up, and this philosophy of play and this style of play has been built up over an even longer period of time," Hodgson told UEFA.com. "[Germany] changed their philosophy after 2004 and the way that Germany play today is, if you like, a product of eight years of quite serious concentration on their philosophy and playing style. That's music to our ears in England because that's something we think we need to look into as well."
However, while his goals are long-standing, Hodgson does not want to sacrifice success in the short term. "Let's hope we can get to the next tournament because then we will show the world that we are an even better football team than maybe we showed during this last one," he said.
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