ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has backed the experiment with goalline technology in today’s Wembley friendly with Belgium.
Although the system will not be operational in the sense of results being sent back to referee Peter Rasmussen, it will be a crucial part of a debate that may result in FIFA sanctioning the use of a system to rule on whether the ball has crossed the line when they meet in July.
Like most managers, Hodgson is a strong advocate of the game using modern techniques to get better results.
He has described today’s test as “a step forward”.
“It is another advance technologically and one which I hope will prove successful and will at least banish some of the ghosts of the past,” he said.
“I don’t think there are too many people in football who have too many objections to goalline technology because there is nothing worse than losing a game because a goal you scored has been disallowed when everybody can see afterwards it was a goal”.
Meanwhile, Hodgson has played down fears about Scott Parker’s fitness ahead of the opening Euro 2012 fixture against France on June 11.
With Frank Lampard pulling out with a thigh injury and so joining the injured Gareth Barry on the sidelines, England can ill afford to lose another midfielder but Hodgson eased concerns about Parker.
There had been serious doubts about the 31-year-old’s form heading into the Euros after he missed Tottenham’s final four games with an Achilles injury.
However, when asked if he has any ongoing concerns about Parker’s overall fitness, Hodgson said today: “No, not particularly, no more so than the obvious one that when he came to us having not played for Tottenham in the last few matches.
“But we also knew we had lots of training time and he’s taken part in every training session and he’s available for this game.”
It has a 5.15 kick off and is live on ITV.
n Liverpool chairman Tom Werner believes Brendan Rodgers represents a new generation of manager who can build a dynasty and restore the club to European and domestic greatness.
The former Swansea boss, unveiled at Anfield yesterday, was far from the populist choice with fans but owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) took advice from various leading names in football as they conducted a two-week appraisal of the best talent available before deciding upon Rodgers.
“In Brendan we have recruited a very exciting, talented and young manager,” said Werner. “He’s a forward-thinking coach at the forefront of a new generation of managers.”