Brooking says England manager Hodgson should have had more praise

Sir Trevor Brooking says that England manager Roy Hodgson should have received more plaudits for guiding the national side to the World Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

The Three Lions recorded a 2-0 home win over Poland last Tuesday to confirm their place at next year’s World Cup in Brazil. Brooking however, does not think the 66-year-old has received the praise he deserves for the achievement.

He said: “I’ve got a lot of praise for Roy. I’ve watched him do all the training and more than anything, my disappointment is that he has probably not received the plaudits he should have done.

The last few days he should have been going around to games, watching matches like I’ve done and everyone coming up to you saying ‘it’s great that you’ve made it, you must be pleased,’ well he is the coach. He’s the manager that’s got them there after 18 months of tension.

More than anything, I’d like to think we can move on. Let’s enjoy it, let’s look at the next couple of internationals and look forward to a great World Cup. It’s about looking forward and being positive about it.

Brooking is the director of football at the FA and was speaking at Wembley Stadium as the 150th anniversary celebrations of the FA continued. As part of the celebrations England have already faced opponents such as Brazil, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland this year. The FA announced last week that England would face a double header of internationals next month at home to Chile and Germany, as they prepare for next summer’s tournament.

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