Hoddle advises England not to follow in Liverpool’s footsteps

Roy Hodgson Euro 2012 England

Liverpool ran out of steam in their recent Europa League final defeat.

Glenn Hoddle as urged England to be patient and find the right balance when pressing out of possession or risk emulating Liverpool and running out of steam on the big stage, the Daily Mail reports.

The Reds have become renowned this season for their intense pressing out of possession, a trait boss Jurgen Klopp used to much success during his time with Borussia Dortmund.

However, in their latest encounter in the Europa League final, Klopp’s men thoroughly dominated Sevilla in the opening period only to run out of steam in the second half and end up losing 3-1.

Hoddle believes England should be aggressive and use their intensity this summer, but warns pressing too much could leave them vulnerable and weary just as Liverpool found out in Basel.

“The problems with this were evident in the Europa League final. Firstly, it's an all or nothing game. It's no good three players pressing and the fourth not,” Hoddle told the Daily Mail.

“Unless everyone goes to press the ball, you're wasting your energy. Secondly, it's hard to sustain that intensity for 90 minutes. Liverpool couldn't on Wednesday.

“The first half was good. But as soon as you're off the pace, teams will cut through you, as Sevilla did in the second half, as you are so stretched. That could happen to England too.”

England have shown in recent friendlies against Germany and Holland that they will look to use their pace and intensity up front to put pressure on their opponents and they have the players to do so.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy have an abundance of energy while the likes of Adam Lallana, Dele Alli and Wayne Rooney will play on the front foot.

Roy Hodgson has arguably his most exciting squad to work with since taking over the Three Lions, but his experience and knowledge of the game will prove vital in piecing everything together.

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