The Daily Telegraph’s Henry Winter, who also had a vote for the Ballon d’Or (1. Ronaldo, 2. Neuer, 3. Lahm), was willing to give Hodgson the benefit of the doubt on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“To be kind, I hope Hodgson was sending out a message to English football that we need to develop holding midfielders who also take responsibility, which Mascherano did at the World Cup,” he told the station. “He was brilliant at the World Cup, but I wouldn’t have had him in my top ten.”
Hodgson’s picks showed that he valued performance for country over club – it’s just a shame England players can’t match that ambition.
Does it make any difference to how he manages England? Of course not. Although…
As for Roy Hodgson….he should be sacked as England manager on the strength of his vote.