Hodgson won’t allow stars to leave camp for transfer talks

Date published: Tuesday 31st May 2016 10:08

John Stones: Everton defender linked with summer transfer

Roy Hodgson has warned his England players they will not be allowed to leave the Euro 2016 camp to sort out their club futures.

Everton defender John Stones and Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend are two players expected to be the subject of interest over the summer, but Hodgson wants everyone in his squad to be fully focused on their duties with England.

The England manager said: “Whether agents come to the hotel or not is a moot point. They will be talking to the players face to face, on the phone or via Skype or Facebook. Who the hell knows?

“But the one thing this group of players know and have accepted is that when you are on England duty, you are on England duty. It’s not a question of you sorting out your future or diving off for medicals.

“We control all of that and you have to accept there is a good chance that if you say you want to go for a medical that we will say ‘we are not allowing that and you better bring your people here’.

“We can facilitate, we are not trying to block players’ futures or transfers.

“But as far as we are concerned our on-going theme is that England is England and your club is your club. While you are with England we want you to stay focused on us.”

Hodgson will name his final 23-man squad for the European Championship later on Tuesday, with Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley, Daniel Sturridge and Townsend reported to be the players most in danger of missing out as two are cut from the 25-man party.

Stones, meanwhile, has apparently played himself into contention for a starting role in England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia having impressed in the two warm-up games so far.

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