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Roy Hodgson has said he will need help from the Premier League and television channels in order to create a successful England team.

England coach Hodgson said the fortunes of the national side could also be improved by the introduction of a winter break.

Hodgson said he wants more time to work with his players, but said those involved in Sunday fixtures do not become fully involved in training until later in the build-up to a Friday international.

The moving of internationals from Saturdays to Friday nights led him to reflect: "It would be nice if, when we're playing on Friday, the top teams played on Saturday and not Sunday.

"Then on Monday we could do a bit of work, and on Tuesday do some serious work."

In a question and answer session with Club Wembley members, broadcast on the FA website, Hodgson said: "This is the Premier League and TV.

"Every time, the top clubs have played on Sunday and some at five o'clock on Sunday. If they're from Manchester and they've played in Southampton, they get back late at night then have to come down again.

"It would be lovely to think that, one day, we could all get together and say: 'England is important'.

"You hear people trying to say it's only the Premier League that counts, and the Champions League, and people don't care about international football - something like 24 or 25 million watched our [Euro 2012] game against Italy."

He said the enthusiasm for the GB teams at the Olympics showed the nation wanted success, adding: "If you want to see the English desire to see a national team do well, you only have to go to the Olympics.

"It's Great Britain, but you had 20,000 turning up to watch a handball game - let alone beach volleyball, but that's a different matter."


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