England’s wayward passing frustrates Hodgson

Date published: Saturday 14th November 2015 10:16

England manager Roy Hodgson lamented his side’s poor ball retention during defeat to Spain.

Fabian Delph was guilty of giving the ball away on several occasions and Raheem Sterling surrendered the ball in the build up to Mario’s stunning opening goal. Kyle Walker and Adam Lallana were also guilty of sloppy play.

“We always knew it would be a tough ask to defend against Spain,” the England manager said.

“We knew how good they are at keeping the ball and moving it around and we knew we would have to work hard to keep them at bay.

“Strangely the (first) goal we conceded was a Spanish counter-attack when we had good possession.

“By giving the ball away we gave them the opportunity to counter-attack against us and score a spectacular goal.

“We have to learn our lesson from it and remember when we play teams of this quality you can’t afford to make any mistakes because you’re going to get punished.

“We didn’t pass the ball as well as we would have liked.

“We think we can do better in possession and we’ve got players who can be more dangerous in attacking situations.”

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