Hodgson: England expects ahead of defining qualifiers
Roy Hodgson last night admitted the expectation of the nation weighs heavy as England look to meet the public’s demand of reaching next year’s World Cup finals.
Hodgson added he would make no excuses in the event of failure, as England prepare to face Montenegro tonight and Poland on Tuesday, both at Wembley. England will guarantee qualification for Brazil if they win both games. Failure to extract maximum points will leave them relying on other results in order to top the group.
Hodgson said: “It’s a big responsibility, taking on the role as manager of an England team. We are England, one of the big nations and we’re expected to qualify for World Cups and European Championships. If that doesn’t happen, you’ll get criticism. If you’re wise, you realise there’ll be criticism during qualifying as well.”
Hodgson is expected to find room in his team for the Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge (above), but it remains to be seen whether Jack Wilshere will get the nod ahead of Frank Lampard.
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