Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v Peru

Friday, 30 May 2014, 20:00

International Match

Wembley Stadium

Last Game

England 1 - 0 Denmark

Wednesday, 05 March 2014, 20:00

International Match

Hodgson: Fear plays a part

Roy Hodgson has admitted the pressure is on England but has urged his players to show the spirit of Rome 1997 when they take on Ukraine in Kiev.

Last Updated: 10/09/13 at 19:28 Post Comment   

Roy Hodgson: Not hiding from the fact that England are under pressure against Uk

Roy Hodgson: Not hiding from the fact that England are under pressure against Uk

Defeat in the stadium where England's Euro 2012 dream ended against Italy last summer and the very real possibility of missing out on their first World Cup since 1994 will start to loom large.

A draw or victory, however, would put England in pole position to reach the tournament in Brazil and Hodgson is taking inspiration from past performances.

Looking back to a goalless draw against Italy 16 year ago which saw England through to the World Cup, Hodgson said: "There are similarities. I remember the game very well. I was there working for Sky that day with Bobby Robson.

"It was a tough task for England. We were up against it for a long period and it looked as if things weren't necessarily going to go our way.

"But we stuck together, dug ourselves in to get a good result and if we can do something similar I'll be as happy as I was leaving the Olympic Stadium in Rome that evening."

Hodgson added: "Of course there is pressure. We are getting closer to the situation where we are either going to achieve our goals and qualify for the World Cup or we are going to fail.

"You cannot get away from that. But what does discussing and admitting it do?

"What would you like me to say in answer to the question? I don't feel any pressure and I couldn't care less? Or I can't sleep a wink and I'm frightened to death we are going to lose?

"Fear does plays a part in our lives. It plays a part in people's lives outside football.

"If you've got ambition to do your job well the fear that things might not go the way you'd want them to is always there.

"Sometimes you've got to be bold enough to trust in what you can do."

Hodgson has confirmed there will be only one change to his line-up from the side that beat Moldova 4-0 on Friday, with Rickie Lambert continuing in attack in the absence of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge.

Hodgson could not wish for Lambert to be in more confident mood after becoming the first England player to score in his first two games since Peter Taylor 37 years ago, but he also knows the run cannot last forever.

"I would like to play down Rickie for his own sake because it is almost a fairytale that you get selected at 31 having played in the lower leagues, then come on in your debut and score a fantastic centre-forward's goal," Hodgson said.

"On top of that you then play an important game, score one, set up two and look as though you have never been outside an England set-up in your life.

"That is some achievement.

"I am bit worried we are going to hang a bit too much on him (against Ukraine).

"The important thing is that he plays his part in the team and makes certain he doesn't let us down in any way.

"Who knows? He might surprise us and add a third to the fairytale, but if he doesn't he is still going to be a player England will get some use out of in the future."

Hodgson admits that Lambert has been underestimated throughout his career, including by him, but has paid tribute to the Southampton striker's character.

"Rickie's mentality must be very strong," Hodgson said.

"Surely he hasn't just become a talented footballer who has good touch on the ball, works hard for his team and has a good understanding.

"Yet people, including me, have been watching him play and passing him over.

"You have to be very strong mentally to suffer that many knock backs but still keep believing in yourself, to keep saying 'no-one is singing my praises but I am still a good player'."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e was right to leave, but not just because of the money City were coming into. If I remember rightly he had a reasonable amount of chances to shine at City, but he never passed the bloody ball. Loads of aimless dribbles and 40 yard shots and not much else. I would say that if he had learnt to be a bit more of a team player he may have done better at City.

bright and edgy
Sturridge: Right to leave City

O

h! And.... has it gone in!?' Well John, it is quite literally your job to tell me, so stop phrasing it as a question.

ajsr1982
Eye On The Experts: John Motson

M

an who resembles bond villain complains about spies ....brillliant

mrjackson
Palace deny spying accusation

Footer 365

World Cup: Peter Shilton backs England keeper Joe Hart

England legend Peter Shilton believes Manchester City's Joe Hart can become one of the world's top goalkeepers.

West Ham's Matt Jarvis thinks he may need to be more clever after Arsenal penalty incident

West Ham's Matt Jarvis says he may have to be "a bit more clever" after staying on his feet despite Bacary Sagna's foul.

Transfer news: Damien Duff already planning for life after Fulham

Damien Duff has confirmed that he will be leaving Fulham this summer and will be going in search of 'something new'.

Mail Box

Fatigue No Excuse For Giroud Being Cr*p

We have a long mail on why Giroud isn't very good at all, plus some more thoughts on neutrality. Plus, who do you want out of you club this summer and Liverpool moving buses...

Will Liverpool Cope With Parked Buses?

That's the real problem they're going to face next year, says one Man United fan who's already looking forward to the end of this campaign. Plus, thoughts on neutrality...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property