West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster today backed former Baggies boss Roy Hodgson to bring passion back to the England team.
And Foster believes Hawthorns hero Hodgson is the man to break the Three Lions’ cycle of under-achievement in major tournaments.
Foster hopes to be included in the squad to face San Marino and Montenegro in World Cup qualifiers at the end of March after confirming he has ended his two-year international sabbatical following a plea from Hodgson.
And the 29-year-old said: “When you look at the way we’re playing it’s great.
“In the friendly against Brazil we played really well with some really good football – proper, good English-style football. The players really worked hard and were so dogged. And we see the likes of Jack Wilshere now in midfield, really rattling around.
“It’s brilliant to see and the fans love it. As long as you’re running around and giving everything you’ve got in every minute of the game, and really putting your body on the line, they will take that.
“Roy has put that kind of feeling back in the national team, which is nice, because now the fans really are starting to get behind us and willing us to do really well, which the players are really receptive to.
“I think it’s likely we could do a lot better than we have in the past.”
Foster admitted his own memories of watching England in World Cups and European Championships are full of disappointment.
“My memories are the same as everybody else’s – a lot of hype and then usually out in the quarter-finals,” said Foster.
“It would be nice to kick on and do a little bit more than that now.”