Hodgson has faith England will avoid doomsday scenario and reach World Cup 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken of his confidence that the national team will safely qualify for the 2014 World Cup and avoid the doomsday scenario on missing out, ahead of the final two qualification matches, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Hodgson is making only sporadic media appearances between now and the first match of the double-header, on October 11 at home to Montenegro, with Poland visiting Wembley a few days later. The veteran has said that instead of doing the rounds with the Press, he is focused on ensuring England are in Brazil next year. “My whole life at the moment is focused on these two games,” Hodgson said. “I don’t even want to consider engagements here or there. It’s Oct 11 and 15.

When it was put to him that failure to qualify for the World Cup would bring an end to his time as England manager, Hodgson was reluctant to countenance such a chain of events. “I don’t believe I will have to confront the doomsday scenario put before me because I believe the team will do it,” he said.

There’s very good support for the team,” Hodgson added. “Wembley will be sold out. The team, when we put out our best side, is a good footballing team.

My burning desire was to qualify for Brazil and do well there,” the former West Bromwich Albion boss continued. “That remains the same. I’ve never shied away from the responsibility and I won’t now. And I know the players won’t shy away from the responsibility either.

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