Hodgson: I'd bet on England

Roy Hodgson says he would be willing to bet money on England winning the World Cup if he were allowed to do so.

Last Updated: 06/12/13 at 15:41 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: His choice of wager would be England

Roy Hodgson: His choice of wager would be England

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

England, who are already 28/1 outsiders to win the tournament, will learn their opponents in the group stages of next summer's tournament in today's draw.

FIFA rules dictate that Hodgson cannot put a wager on next summer's tournament.

However, when he was asked by reporters if he would put £10 on hosts Brazil, Hodgson answered: "No. I'd put it on England.

"I'd have a chance of losing it on Brazil so why not put it on the team I want to win it?

"We all know the result everybody wants and that's to repeat 1966. We all know that's not going to be easy but it's great to be there trying to do it."

England have struggled in their away qualifiers and they were booed off twice last month following defeats to Chile and Germany at Wembley.

But, as he spoke to the media by the pool at his hotel in Salvador on Thursday, he was full of optimism.

England, he said, currently have a well-balanced squad with the right mixture of youth and experience, with several pacy wingers capable of cutting open defences on the counter.

"Over the last 19 months the thing that's pleased me most is the emergence of us as a counter-attacking threat," Hodgson added.

"I think we've got a much bigger counter-attacking threat than we had a couple of years ago because of the pace of the players.

"Gareth Southgate is spoiled for choice with wingers in the Under-21s.

"Then, of course, you have the Townsends, the Welbecks, the Sturridges, the Walcotts, the names go on and on, really."

Sky Sports will bring you all of the news from the World Cup draw in Brazil live on Friday from 4pm - online, on mobile and on Sky Sports News.

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company