Hodgson handed ban headache

Roy Hodgson saw England sweep aside Moldova at Wembley, but a booking for Danny Welbeck has handed him a selection headache.

Last Updated: 07/09/13 at 13:06 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

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

The Three Lions never looked like slipping up in their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier, with skipper Steven Gerrard firing them in front after just 12 minutes.

Rickie Lambert nodded in a second before Welbeck completed the scoring with two strikes either side of the interval.

His two-goal salvo was, however, marred by a contentious caution which means the Manchester United forward must now sit out Tuesday's crucial trip to Ukraine.

Welbeck was booked for kicking the ball away moments after being flagged for offside.

Hodgson, who finds himself short on attacking options with Wayne Rooney unavailable and Daniel Sturridge nursing a knock, told Sky Sports: "My thoughts are really the same as everyone else's who have been involved in football, or followed football, or taken football seriously.

"It's almost unthinkable at that stage of the game, having made a 40-yard sprint and with maybe nothing more than a second between the ball arriving and striking it...It's not offside either. We've seen it and it wasn't even offside.

"To get the only yellow card of the game for that, and for that to then compound the yellow card he got in Montenegro - where he was fouled and we should have got a penalty, the referee didn't give it and gave him a yellow card instead - it doesn't get much more unfortunate than that.

"I think we're entitled to be aggrieved and I'm quite prepared to be bold and say that decision was, in my mind as a football person, totally incomprehensible."

On his depleted ranks, Hodgson added: "We said before these two games that we haven't been blessed with good fortune.

"To first lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and then to lose Wayne Rooney and probably Daniel Sturridge, and now on top of that to lose Danny Welbeck, Glen Johnson and Phil Jones. Here we're talking about five players all of whom are very serious candidates for starting spots - some of them have never been outside of a starting spot.

"To go that wounded into such an important game, I can't say that's a positive thing and I can't make something so negative positive, but what I can say is that the group of players we have got and the ones that will play, they'll step up to the plate and they won't let us down.

"We can only hope that we won't be left regretting on Tuesday night the absence of some of these people."

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

I

think that puts all doubts over Benteke's quality to bed. Can he do it after receiving the ball to feet, in the box, totally unmarked, on a warm, sunny afternoon in Swindon? Oh yes he can! This year is definitely Liverpool's year. YNWA.

rationalmanc
WATCH: Benteke's debut screamer

A

ll very well selling all midfield and strikers but unless we bring anyone in that is better than what we had then it will be a terrible transfer window in my view. Sorted out the defense but our midfield and striker options look very light.

bigo
Spurs Halfway To The Perfect Summer

L

ove it when Jose accuses others of being defensive, cynical and playing to win. If I was Wenger, I'd get that quote laminated and framed - surely the biggest compliment he's ever received from Mourinho. You've got him riled Arsene - you're relevant again!

suarez_blind
Jose rues pitch and weather after defeat

Footer 365

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has 'difficult questions'

Arsenal centre-half Per Mertesacker says manager Arsene Wenger has a lot of "difficult questions" to answer.

West Ham forward Enner Valencia ruled out for up to 12 weeks

West Ham forward Enner Valencia has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks with a leg injury.

Jordy Clasie says he'd have rejected move to Man United in order to join Southampton

Jordy Clasie claims he'd have rejected Man United to sign for Southampton - saying it's "better to start lower and finish higher".

Mail Box

There's A Lot Of Anger About TV...

...and how much you have to pay - largely for games you don't actually want to watch. Many of you are forced to go illegal. We also have mails on Chelsea, Angel di Maria and...

Not Just A Friendly. This Had Meaning...

Arsenal fans are very excited about beating Chelsea (don't remind them about last year), while there is criticism for BT and a football fan tired of being screwed by TV...

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