Injury-free Rodwell relishing fight for places at Man City and England

Jack Rodwell is looking forwards to establishing himself as an England international and Manchester City regular now he is fit and injury-free, the Daily Mail has reported, with the former Everton midfielder equally keen to take England U-21s to the 2013 European Championships.

Rodwell made his senior England bow in late 2011 but was struck down by injury shortly after, missing much of the latter half of the Premier League season with Everton and missing out on a chance to go to Euro 2012 with the full national team.

A summer departure from Goodison Park to league champions City has brought questions as to how often Rodwell will feature in the first team, such is the depth of Roberto Mancini’s squad, but Rodwell insists he is not concerned about that.

He said: “I have not got a bad word to say about the club. If Manchester City want you and they sign you, then they have got intent for you. Young players have got a choice then and if they go, they will be managed in the right direction. You can’t turn the league champions down.

Rodwell added that he has recently been hampered by a succession of muscle injuries, dating back to his time at Everton, which led the Toffees to send their academy product to one of Europe’s leading specialists to correct the issue. Now fully fit, Rodwell believes he can again make an impact on the national scene.

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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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