Hodgson warns England stars: Behave or face the consequences

14:26 20 May 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson

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The England boss is hoping to avoid a repeat of the Rugby World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson has warned his players to behave or face the consequences.

The Three Lions boss is looking to avoid the England rugby team’s controversial World Cup that was rife with player misbehaviour.

“We aren’t back at school. These are people who have an incredible public profile and know, every time they step outside their front door, the eyes of the world are on them,” Hodgson said.

“There are mobile phones with cameras everywhere these days. You can’t escape them.

“But the players are fully aware of their responsibilities.”

He has made clear that if the players misbehave then they are letting the whole side down.

“They should be aware that, if they do anything they shouldn’t, they are not only letting themselves down, they are letting us all down because the criticism will pile upon us all,” he added.

“When you accept the invitation to go and play, you do so on the basis that for four weeks it’s football, football, football. There is only a limited amount of training every day and a lot of free time.

“We don’t want any repeat of the things that happened to the rugby team but I don’t believe imprisoning people is the best way of getting the most out of them.

“We have gone from one extreme to another by being in Krakow. That wasn’t my decision but if you give me a situation where the players can go out, have a cup of coffee and see something else other than their room-mates, me and the coaching staff, give me that any day.”

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