Roy Hodgson Tells England Stars To Forget Transfer Distractions

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England chief wants to keep training camps focussed on the football.

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England boss Roy Hodgson has warned his players that they must forget about any transfer speculation back home as they travel to Brazil for the World Cup next month, according to Sky Sports.

Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw are set for a summer of intense speculation as they have both been linked with big money moves away from St Mary’s.

Saints skipper Lallana saw a £20m offer made for his services by Liverpool on Monday, while teenage full-back Shaw is wanted by Manchester United in a £27m deal.

But Hodgson has insisted that all transfer dealings must be put on the back burner as agents will be banned from the training camps held in Portugal and Miami before jetting off to Brazil for the tournament proper.

“I have made it clear to them already and I think they are perfectly happy with it. England is England and your club is your club. The two are not married together,” Hodgson said.

“As far as I am concerned you sign up for this World Cup and you sign up to do a good job for England.

“Your club future is what it is and it will be taken care of outside of England time. That is basically all I can do.

“I was asked would you like all of this to be sorted before you go to Miami. Of course I would. It is not an ideal world and that might not happen but the one thing I am going to be very firm on.

“When we are together with England that is what matters and if you have anything to resolve you do it outside that time. I am thinking about medicals in particular. I can’t stop phone calls.

“I am definitely not going to have agents swirling around or this player has got to leave the camp. I would expect the players to understand that.”

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