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    express_a_view wrote:
    Roy Hodgson could have said how he felt it was positive to have a side in the Premier League looking to develop young English players. He could have said he is only influenced by a player's quality - not which side they play for. He could have said it is not his role as England manager to define which clubs are "big fish" and which "smaller fish." He could have said that as a national team manager who wants to retain a positive rapport with all clubs it would be totally inappropriate for him to get embroiled on any discussion on transfer issues. I actually like Roy Hodgson but feel he has got his response on this one wrong and has additionally, hopefully inadvertently, been a bit patronising to SFC.
    Bang On!"
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Teams like Saints will always lose top players to Premier League’s “big fish” - Hodgson



First published in Sport

England manager Roy Hodgson believes Champions League football means Saints are virtually powerless to stop their top players leaving.

Talking after Rickie Lambert’s shock move to Liverpool, who are also closing in on a deal for Adam Lallana, Hodgson said: “Good players are always going to gravitate to the big clubs.

“That’s where Champions League football is. That’s where the wealth is.”

He added: It’s a pity for Southampton – they’ve been terrific this year. But unfortunately there are always big fish in the sea and it’s hard to keep those fish away.”

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