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Hodgson On Sunday's Task & Kane's Quality

24 February 2018

Tottenham Hotspur visit south London this Sunday lunchtime on the back of an impressive run of just one defeat in their last 19 matches in all competitions.

The reverse fixture in November at Wembley saw Palace suffer a narrow defeat but their performance on the day deserved more although since then Mauricio Pochettino’s side have continued to go for honours in different competitions as Hodgson prepares his injury hit squad for a tough game this weekend.

Palace go into the game with 12 first team squad members ruled out for this match. 

“It was always going to be a very difficult game and I think even if could have had some of the 12 players and added to the ones we have got, which would give us a very good squad, it would still be a very tough game because whichever way you look at it we are a bottom of the table team at the moment and they are chasing, not only Champions League honours, but also second place in the league.

“I think that we are more than capable of giving them a very good game if we play the best football we can play as we did when we played at Wembley and lost 1-0, the problem is if we get further injuries in the game we are getting very short of experienced and quality players who can actually go in as it will be a lot of younger players from our under 23 squad, be a great opportunity for them but it will be a big ask for them to go and play against Tottenham in their first competitive game for the team.”  

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Hodgson will be seeing a familiar face in the opposition’s forward line. Harry Kane was given his England debut by the Palace boss and admires the rise that the striker has continued to make in the top flight.  

“He is in great form. He has been for a couple of seasons and is scoring goals for fun, he has got all the qualities you need in a centre forward and plays in a good team that feeds him well to provide the opportunities and he is showing what a great finisher he is.”

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Kane is one of five Tottenham players that were selected by Hodgson to represent their country but feels the plaudits for the progression of them should go to the boss of the north London side. 

“I would like to take some credit for their England careers with the fact that I was able to introduce them and give them the encouragement and support I think they needed at the time but their development has been through Mauricio Pochettino and his staff at Tottenham Hotspur, that’s where they have developed as players and I would like to hope they develop even more as England players and I hope one day people will look back and at least say I played some part in that.” 

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