Gary Lineker: Roy Hodgson won't be pleased by TV games

Roy Hodgson

Former England captain Gary Lineker believes national boss Roy Hodgson will not be happy after the early-season televised fixtures were announced.

The Match of the Day presenter says the Premier League schedule does not help England's World Cup qualifying bid.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Spurs play five days before an England game.

"Bet Roy Hodgson is not overly chuffed with SkySports selection of TV games before England's vital games. Predictable, but sad," Lineker tweeted.

"I'm not being critical of SkySports. There is no reason why they should be interested in England. The Premier League though should be."

The 52-year-old, who scored 48 goals in 80 international matches, believes the fixture schedule should have avoided big matches before Brazil 2014 qualifying games.

Liverpool now face Manchester United on Sunday, 1 September - the same day as the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham - with England hosting Moldova on Friday, 6 September.

The list of possible England candidates who could play at Anfield includes Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge, while Manchester United's contingent features Wayne Rooney, Phil Jones, Tom Cleverley, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck, Michael Carrick and Wilfried Zaha.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs plus Tottenham's Kyle Walker, Scott Parker, Michael Dawson, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe are also potential call-ups.

Despite the scheduling, England players will have five days' preparation - one more than Fifa regulations require - for the game against Moldova at Wembley. They then face Ukraine in Kiev on 10 September.

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