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Fulham boss Roy Hodgson is happy with the resources at his disposal having trimmed down the squad he inherited from Lawrie Sanchez substantially over the summer.

Hodgson, who astonishingly kept the Whites in the Premier League after pulling off a great escape in May, feels that the reduced size of the Craven Cottage squad could benefit a number of the club’s promising youngsters.

“I think what I’m most happy about is that we’ve changed the squad around and we’ve got a small squad now, a squad that we really believe in and is well-balanced. When I came in January we really had far too many players and lots of them just trebling or quadrupling up for positions, never getting a game and obviously costing the club a lot of money, but not playing any football.

“Whereas now, with a squad of only 23 players, of which three are goalkeepers, it will give the younger players, like (Robert) Milsom and (Wayne) Brown, a chance to push forward and show what they can do in the first-team squad. It will give the players on the fringes a greater chance of playing, and although the squad is at the limit in terms of size, at least it’s full of the right type of players that we want to be at the club and not just players that one has inherited and that are here really by default rather than anything else.”