'He practises that from here to eternity' - how Hodgson can revive Palace

And as for the visitors, Mauricio Pellegrino's Southampton side find themselves 13th in the division with five points, but the away outfit have managed just two wins from their last 12 in the Premier League, failing to score in nine. You have to work for these things.

"I can't score goals in those previous five games or change the points".

In fact, Benteke was the only Palace player to plunder in double-figures previous year; if he doesn't score, they have to hope that others step up to fill in the gaps and so far, that hasn't happened.

Now he's been taken on by Crystal Palace, as the safe pair of hands following Frank de Boer's attempts at "continental stuff".

England failed to win any of their three group games and were dumped out before the knockout phase for the first time at a World Cup since 1958. Their last league goal was scored by Patrick van Aanholt in a 4-0 home victory against Hull on 14 May in their penultimate match of the season and their hopes of maintaining their top-flight status, having achieved promotion in 2013, are already beginning to look bleak.

A attractive effort from Manolo Gabbiadini against West Ham, and a tap in from Steven Davis against Crystal Palace.

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To think that Souness shambles came only two years after Newcastle played Inter Milan and Barcelona in their final two Champions League matches of the 2002/03 campaign, a season that saw NUFC play 14 Champions League games (including the qualifying round).

Although staff and players found Hodgson's enthusiasm infectious, especially on the training ground, where there was a sense he could not have been in a happier place (it is tempting to think he is much better suited to club rather than worldwide management on that point alone), he also had an edge to him and was not afraid to light the fuse when things were not done right.

At those smaller clubs, you probably get more loyalty from the players, who do not have the same big names and stature as those at the big clubs.

On his super Mario he said: "Mario is the style of player we didn't have before and he can help make us stronger".

"But I'm not suggesting hard work in training will produce Messis and Ronaldos in the next three months", Hodgson told reporters after a defeat that left Palace bottom of the table.

Watch highlights of Crystal Palace v Southampton on Match of the Day at 22:25 BST on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  • Stacy Houston