Hodgson cool on criticism

England coach Roy Hodgson has no concerns about the negative reaction to the friendly defeats by Chile and Germany.

Last Updated: 24/11/13 at 08:54 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: Not worried about criticism of Wembley defeats

Roy Hodgson: Not worried about criticism of Wembley defeats

More of the games that matter

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

The excitement over England's qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next summer was soon replaced by the sound of teeth being gnashed in Hodgson's direction after the pair of Wembley reverses.

England were booed off after the Germany defeat and former players and current pundits were united in writing off their chances of success in 2014.

"I guess I am prepared (for the criticism)," the England manager said. "People will write what they want to write. They will say what they want to say. But we know what we are doing. We know we are going forward.

"The players were disappointed about (the two results) but does it really concern me for next June? I am not sure it does.

"I am disappointed that there was probably too much euphoria after the October games.

"I understand that. I never got carried away by that. But I am a little bit disappointed that from the idea that, you want to dismiss everything in 2013 on the basis of two very, very tough matches against two top-class teams with a lot of experimentation going on.

"It is everyone's right to do that, but it is not going to affect me one bit. I am not prepared to have that roller-coaster ride that suddenly in October we are a fantastic team, we are going to Brazil, we are a magnificent team, and then after these two games, we are not."

Hodgson is also determined to have his say on who England face in the run-up to next summer's tournament.

"I have been here for 19 months and I have never actually chosen a friendly," the England manager added.

"What I am expecting to choose, and have some serious say in, is those matches which precede our first game in the World Cup.

"I expect to have some say. The reason we play these friendlies is because we want to test ourselves against the best."

More of the games that matter

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

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Neil Warnock blasts officials after Crystal Palace's 3-0 defeat at Man City

Neil Warnock said the decision to disallow a Crystal Palace goal in the 3-0 defeat to Manchester City was "disgraceful".

Jose Mourinho rejects idea of retrospective action against divers

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it would be a "disaster" to punish divers retrospectively.

Premier League: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are prepared to spend in January

Arsene Wenger says he won't buy for the sake of it but has vowed to spend in January if the right player is available.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

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