Glenn Hoddle criticises Roy Hodgson's attempts to emulate Tottenham

20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conference

Glenn Hoddle can't understand why England boss Roy Hodgson dropped Kyle Walker and Danny Rose against Slovakia.

20-20 Football Technical Director Glenn Hoddle during the press conferenceGlenn Hoddle

Former England and Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle has told the Daily Mail that Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson made a mistake dropping Kyle Walker and Danny Rose against Slovakia.

England head to Nice this evening to take on Iceland in the last 16 of the European Championships, with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.

England's Kyle Walker in actionEngland's Kyle Walker in action

It's a more than winnable game for England, but fans are unhappy with the run that Hodgson's men face should they see off Iceland this evening.

Last Monday's 0-0 draw with Slovakia, coupled with Wales' 3-0 hammering of Russia, meant that England slipped to second place in Group B, and sent them into the same half of the draw as Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the draw, one of Poland, Portugal, Wales and Belgium will be in the final - meaning England may have had a smoother passage to the final had they just beaten Slovakia last week.

England manager Roy HodgsonEngland manager Roy Hodgson

There's not much England can do about it now, other than beat Iceland tonight and set up a mouthwatering quarter-final tie with France - but former England boss Glenn Hoddle isn't happy with Hodgson's team selection a week ago, as he vented his frustration to the Daily Mail.

Hodgson chose to rest players like Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli and Harry Kane, but he also left full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose out of the team, in favour of Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand respectively.

Wales' Aaron Ramsey in action with England's Danny RoseWales' Aaron Ramsey in action with England's Danny Rose

Rose and Walker, along with Tottenham team-mate Eric Dier, have arguably been England's best players in France this summer, but they sat on the sidelines against Slovakia in an uninspired Three Lions performance.

Both player are used to such tactics, as Mauricio Pochettino regularly took the pair out of the Spurs line-up and handed opportunities to Kieran Trippier and Ben Davies in their place - but Hoddle says that Hodgson shouldn't have been trying to emulate what Tottenham do with both players, as they haven't been overplayed by Tottenham this past season, and even felt the decision cost England as Clyne and Bertrand weren't as impressive.

"I understood Roy Hodgson sharpening up our midfield against Slovakia but the change I didn’t understand was the full-backs," said Hoddle. "Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have done really well. I know Hodgson has said he was only emulating what Tottenham do, in switching the full backs when they have three games in a week, but it’s not as if Walker and Rose have been overplayed this season and it cost us as Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne were not as effective," he added.

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