Sunderland star Seb Larsson praises Roy Hodgson

FULL OF PRAISE: Sweden's Seb Larsson
FULL OF PRAISE: Sweden's Seb Larsson

SEB Larsson has heaped rich praise on England manager Roy Hodgson ahead of the two countries’ Euro 2012 clash this Friday.

The Sunderland midfielder says that the vastly-experienced coach, who cut his managerial teeth in Sweden with Halmstads in the 1970s and coached there throughout the 80s, remains a revered footballing figure in the Scandinavian country.

And he believes that current Sweden coach Erik Hamren – a player during the Hodgson era – may well have adopted some of the techniques and tactics that Hodgson helped pioneer.

“I can’t for sure say that Erik Hamren has modelled himself on Roy Hodgson but it could well be,” said the winger.

“He was such an influence early on that you never know.

“Roy Hodgson set the standard for football in Sweden.

“History-wise, English coaches have had a big influence and you don’t have to look any further than him.

“He was in Sweden for a long time and he set the standard and style that a lot of coaches have tried to copy since.”

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