Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson today used his morning press conference to gossip about US T.V. show The Good Wife.

Hodgson, who admitted to being ‘a few episodes behind’ in the current season, took the opportunity to wax lyrical about the high quality acting and well polished scripting of the critically acclaimed series.

When asked about his reaction to James Milner joining Liverpool on a free transfer, the 67-year-old replied: ‘Well, it’s a bit like when Alicia and Cary left Lockhart Gardner to form their own company: clearly James was made promises that weren’t kept, so he felt he needed to get away from the highly corporatised world of Manchester City. Of course, in the show they ended up hiring Diane and David Lee, so things pretty much went back to the status quo. Apart from Will not being there anymore. I really thought the show would suffer when he went, but to be honest it continued to be strong. Credit for that must go to the writers’.

After a few seconds uncomfortable silence from within the press pack, Hodgson was asked if Raheem Sterling would be starting England’s key match against Slovenia, given his poor showing in their disappointing 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland. Hodgson replied: ‘Sometimes you’ve got to stick with someone, even when things aren’t going their way. Like Will did with Kalinda, or – to a lesser extent – Alicia sticking by Peter despite him cheating on her with prostitutes and the like. Why are you all looking at me like that?’

England play Slovenia on June 14, before players get to go on their post-season holidays.