Hodgson Believes England Can Lean From Mistakes
Roy Hodgson is of the opinion that the England national team can learn from the mistakes made at the World Cup 2014 after they were knocked out of the group stages. This is the first time England have suffered this embarrassing exit since 1958. They managed to take only one point from three group matches and this included two defeats against Italy and Uruguay. Defending was a major concern in the World Cup with many criticising Hodgson’s decision not to take Chelsea defender John Terry to the tournament.
He also named a very young squad featuring the likes of Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw. Only six players above the age of 30 were included in the team. England will be resuming international football with the Euro 2016 qualifiers in September. They are not likely to be close to being considered as the favourites for this competition. Yet, Hodgson believes that the disappointing performances in recent major tournaments can act as a motivating factor and learning tool for the young players of the national team.
After the embarrassing exit, there was a lot of speculation that Hodgson could be sacked from his role. The English FA confirmed that he will stay as well manager until the end of his contract, which expires after the Euro 2016. Hodgson also ruled out an exit.
“He’s been there a long time. The FA have asked me to continue. They want me to continue. I’m very happy that they want me to continue. I think there is an interesting group of players here to work with. I get no feeling whatsoever that any of them will want me to resign. I don’t want to be compared to other people. The reason I’m staying on is that I’m not a quitter. I believe in this team and that the FA seriously want me to keep doing this job, as do the players,” said Hodgson.