Hodgson not underestimating England World Cup opponents

Despite already visiting Brazil and inspecting potential hotels, England manager Roy Hodgson says he is not taking anything for granted with regards to England’s qualification campaign for the World Cup in Brazil 2014, which sees them take on Montenegro, Ukraine and Poland, as well as minnows Moldova and San Marino.

Speaking at a Vauxhall Home Nations press conference Hodgson said: ‘It is important not to underestimate anyone. Because we’re England, any opponent is regarded by members of the public as easy to beat and that’s just not the case. I’m just taking one match at a time and focusing on getting a result in them’.

The experienced manager cited the unpredictable nature of his potential England squads, stating: ‘With the English club schedule, I never quite know what my best team is going to be. I don’t know what’s going to happen in Premier League games on the Saturdays and Sundays and so the potential squad I have in my mind now might not be available by the time the game comes around’.

English football’s hectic domestic schedule of course often sees many of England’s star players such as Wayne Rooney and John Terry playing three games a week.

England’s next game is the World Cup qualification opener away to Moldova on the 7th September, swiftly followed four days later with one of the tougher ties, as Hodgson welcomes Ukraine to Wembley.

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