England football manager Roy Hodgson on his visit to The Oval watch the cricket team play football. He also congratulated the team on winning The Ashes 2015. He says that he is impressed with the quality of football that the players played. According to him, he is not surprised at the quality of football the players play as they would have already played football at some level in school before they had to focus on just one sport. He also cheekily pointed out that there might be a place for them in the football team as well. Hodgson’s England side are currently unbeaten in their qualification campaign for the 2016 European Championships in France and are not in action until they face minnows San Marino next month. READ: Ashes 2015: England football manager Roy Hodgson drops by at The Oval ahead of 5th Test

He stayed on to give a short team talk to Alastair Cook’s men, who’ve already clinched the Ashes after their innings and 78-run win over Australia in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge gave them an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. READ: A tale of two retirements — A contrast between Ashes 2015 and 2006-07

Australia’s Chris Rogers spoke to Hodgson and afterwards the veteran opening batsman told reporters: “I’ve been over here a long time and I like watching the football—particularly how England go out in the big tournaments. I got a chance to have a good chat with him [Hodgson] and he was a lovely guy. He talked about watching county cricket in the 1950s [when Oval-based Surrey were the dominant side], so he’s got a fair bit of history there.” READ: Chris Rogers will be hard to replace in the Australian batting line-up

(Inputs from AFP)

Ashes 2015: England football manager Roy Hodgson drops by at The Oval ahead of 5th Test