Hodgson expects England players on best behaviour

Roy Hodgson has called for his England players to act with maturity and behave themselves after a series of high-profile incidents involving internationals in recent weeks, ESPN has reported.

In the aftermath of the John Terry suspension and the written report into the case that questioned the evidence offered by Ashley Cole, Cole responded with an abusive tweet and was subsequently charged by the Football Association.

Another Chelsea player, Ryan Bertrand, also resorted to profanity on the social networking site when he was irritated by reports he had pulled out of the England squad because of a sore throat. Both Cole and Bertrand have since apologised.

A code of conduct for England players is to be introduced by the FA, part of which will govern how Twitter is used, laying out clear guidelines as well as punishments for when a player uses the forum in a manner unbecoming of an England international.

Hodgson said: “When we behave well, we can do a lot of good. When we behave badly… and this week, we have had a couple of big reminders. The FA are very keen to make certain we continue the style we had in the Euros – which was compared favourably to some of the things that happened previously.

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