But Hodgson issued his players with a warning. “They haven’t done it yet in a tournament,” he said.
“We still don’t really know how this young group, if they go, will perform in tournament conditions against much more experienced teams like Germany, who are used to reaching finals and France, as the home nation.
“But I believe in the team. Absolutely. I believe we’re going to be ready and the players go into games believing they can win them and they’ll go into the tournament believing they can do well. But I don’t know.”
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, left out of the squads for these two matches but still in Hodgson’s plans, had said earlier this season that Hodgson had told his men privately that they could win Euro 2016.