England boss Hodgson wants points not goals

Roy Hodgson wants to see his England side take three points against San Marino in Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier and isn’t looking to rack up a commanding victory, according to Sky Sports.

San Marino are the joint-lowest ranked team in the FIFA rankings, alongside Bhutan, with England coming in to the game at 18th place in the latest list from the world governing body. But despite the disparity between the nations, Hodgson insists a big score isn’t the point of the fixture.

“We’re not trying to play anything down, but I must also say we’re not trying to suggest this is going to be a goal feast. It might, but it might well not be,” he said. “If the expectation is that we’re going to go out and score loads of goals and find it very, very easy, I think we all know that’s not true.

“I’m telling the truth when I say for us it’s all about performance and building on what’s good in the last two games and making sure we don’t slip below those standards.”

England began their qualification campaign with a 2-0 away win over Switzerland and face a trip to Estonia after the San Marino fixture. San Marino, meanwhile, were beaten 2-0 by Lithuania in their opening game.

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