Roy Hodgson has told his England players not to assume World Cup qualification is all-but guaranteed ahead of England’s final group match with Poland on Tuesday, the
Three points at Wembley will seal England’s safe progress to Brazil 2014 after Friday’s comfortable 4-1 win over Montenegro, with the Three Lions sitting top of Group H. But Hodgson does not want his team to go into the match with the Euro 2012 co-hosts feeling all they have to do is turn up.
“The one thing anyone would want to guard against – and I’ll be saying it until I’m blue in the face – is complacency,” Hodgson said. “After the things I said to them, I think they’ve got a pretty clear idea where I stand on the subject.
“I expect them to be raring to go. I don’t imagine they will be complacent. They knew they had done the job on Friday; I think they were satisfied,” he added.
“They also recognise that this is only half the job. There is a mood of quiet satisfaction but I was keen to point out one or two things to them. It wasn’t a celebratory mood. I was probably quite harsh on Friday, but sometimes it’s easier to be that way when people have done well.”
The World Cup will be the first competition for which England have qualified under Hodgson, after the former Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom boss took over the national team from Fabio Capello in 2012 with a place at that summer’s European Championships confirmed.
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