Roy Hodgson reckons matches against some of the strong teams in the coming months will provide the ideal test for England ahead of the Euro Cup 2016.

England blew away all the opponents in the qualifiers, but, Hodgson has the idea that in the main tournament, the level of the opposition would not be quite the same.

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Speaking to, Hodgson said, “There is no question of us considering ourselves invincible. The other sides will also have a lot of firepower and they will be fully capable of beating us if they play better.”

“The games that we will be playing leading into the tournament (against France and Germany), we will be tested in those and we will be able to find out if there is any chunk in our armoury. It’s always good to be competing against the strong sides.”

“At this point of time, we believe we have got settled and are ready to take on any opposition. It’s not a team anymore which is just learning and growing.”

However, Hodgson emphasized that it’s important his key men remain injury free and are in a position to feature for the side come the tournament.

In the words of the boss, “We have to hope we can put our full strength line up on the park. We would not like to be in a position where we are missing someone. We have to have everyone fit when our campaign starts.”

When asked if he believes that the neighbours i.e. Republic of Ireland would be able to qualify, the former Crystal Palace defender said, “It would be really nice if it happens. I think they will emerge out winners in the play offs if they play as well as they can.”