England step up Euro 2016 prep away from Wembley

Roy Hodgson has called for the uncapped Eric Dier. Picture: PA
Roy Hodgson has called for the uncapped Eric Dier. Picture: PA
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Roy Hodgson wants to take England on the road in the build-up to Euro 2016, but concedes plans to play away from Wembley remain at a “very embryonic” stage.

The national stadium has hosted every senior home international since its reconstruction was completed, but the Football Association has recently held discussions about playing matches away from the 90,000-seater stadium.

Not since the Old Trafford friendly with Spain in February 2007 have England played on the road, but FA chief executive Martin Glenn has confirmed the governing body plans to do just that next year. Glenn hopes that step can be taken before next summer’s Euros – something Hodgson believes could aid their preparations for France.

“Of course I have an opinion on it because the ideas came from us in the first place,” the England manager said. “But I can’t say any more because it is a very embryonic idea.”

Hodgson has friendlies coming up against Spain and France. Injuries have robbed him of 13 squad regulars, although uncapped Eric Dier is the only newcomer in his 23-man squad.