Roy Hodgson: 'Upcoming friendlies are vital'

England manager Roy Hodgson looks on at the start of the international friendly football match between England and Scotland on August 14, 2013
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Roy Hodgson highlights the importance of the upcoming friendlies for his World Cup preparation.

England manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that the upcoming friendly matches are vital with the 2014 World Cup on the horizon.

Hodgson said that playing a good level of opposition in Chile and Germany will be valuable preparation ahead of the Brazil tournament next summer.

"We only have three games before I have to name the squad for Brazil, so these matches are important," he told reporters.

"We have two top-class opponents and have a huge amount of respect for Chile and Germany. Playing both at home is advantageous."

Hodgson has named Southampton's Jay Rodriguez in the squad to face Chile and Germany.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Barnsley during their League Cup match on August 27, 2013
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