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Gerrard and Lampard part-time bid

ESPN staff
June 26, 2014
Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are considering their international futures © Getty Images

Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard will be able to pick and choose which England games they play in if they decide against retirement from international football, says Roy Hodgson.

Both players are considering their futures following a dismal showing from England at the World Cup but the manager is keen for captain Gerrard, 34, and Lampard, 36, to continue to play for their country.

He has offered the pair the opportunity to pick and choose which games they would like to feature in - despite the duo facing pressure to make way for the youngsters.

"It would be nice if they don't formally retire because when players do they disappear from England selection," Hodgson said.

"There could be dialogue, perhaps, whereby at any moment I could speak to one of them and say, 'do you want to play in this game, are you up for it?' That's how I'd really like to see it.

"I'm not asking them to do anything they don't want to do. If the question is, 'could they still play a part?' then obviously the answer is 'yes'.

"They probably could, but they are under no pressure whatsoever from me and I will accept whatever decisions they come up with."

Hodgson has clearly built up a rapport with his England squad this summer and, even though his position as manager has been called into question, the backing of the players helped convince him to stay on.

"There is an interesting group of players here to work with," Hodgson said. "And I get no feeling whatsoever that any of them will want me to resign. I have no reason to do so. I have no intention to do so.

"I told you the other day [I won't resign] and I've nothing more to add. The FA have asked me to continue. I'm not a quitter, I believe in this team and that the FA seriously want me to keep doing this job, as do the players, so therefore I will continue to do it and I'll try and lead the team to Euro 2016 and try to get some good results.''

Hodgson will, over the next few weeks, hold discussions with members of Club England - the body that oversees the day-to-day running of the national side.

It is understood that there will be no requirement for Hodgson to submit a full report to the organisation regarding England's World Cup failure, though.

When the "grieving process", as Hodgson put it, is over, the England manager will sit down and analyse videos of the team's failings in Brazil.

"Our video man will be cutting that up now although he won't have a chance to show me that for a while,'' Hodgson said.

"But certainly we will all sit down together before we start our next campaign to see what did we learn from the World Cup, what did we learn about our players, what did we learn about the way we want to play, what do we think we can push forward and if we made any glaring mistakes then what can we do to make sure we don't make them again.''

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