Hodgson happy with England performance in Ukraine draw
Wednesday 11 September 2013
England manager Roy Hodgson has said he is content with his side’s performance in the goalless draw with Ukraine, BBC Sport has reported, as the Three Lions remain top of their World Cup qualification group with two games left to play.
The BBC describes the game as “low in quality” as England struggled to create chances, but Hodgson feels that the display was good enough and the result was even better, especially in the circumstances. “Before the game, the feeling among a lot of people was that a draw would be a good result,” said Hodgson.
“I'm surprised to hear what I thought was a good performance and result might be being seen as an underwhelming performance,” he added.
Hodgson also pointed out that he was robbed of a number of attacking options for the match, including Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, ruled out through injury and suspension respectively, and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, who was also forced out of the squad due to injury.
“Our attacking options were very limited because we were without Rooney, Welbeck and Sturridge,” Hodgson added. “We also lost a top midfield player in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [because of a knee injury] and I thought those players who took their places did a remarkable job.”
England are a point clear of Ukraine and Montenegro and face the latter nation at Wembley in the penultimate round of fixtures. Poland, currently fourth in the group, three points behind England, are the final opposition for Hodgson, with the final two games to be played in October.
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