HODGSON NOT HAPPY
England manager Roy Hodgson stated that he was not happy with the performances of his players in the draw with Republic of Ireland. England could only manage a 0-0 draw in the first friendly during the summer.
This result is not the ideal preparation ahead of the team’s away game against Slovenia. The former Liverpool boss is expecting much better performances – especially from captain Wayne Rooney – when the team travel to the Eastern European country.
England appear to be extremely comfortable in the Euro 2016 qualification stages after having won five out of the opening five games. This has seen them establish a healthy six-point advantage with only a couple of matches left.
Yet, Hodgson is not taking his chances and he is also keen on maintaining this form going into the tournament itself. England will get plenty of chances to practice when they begin their close-season friendly matches - according to an Australian source they are bing linked with a match in Melbourne in the build up to the tournament.
The manager clearly stated that he will not tolerate any loose attitude from the players and has demanded 100% commitment ahead of this game. A victory from this game will put England in an even better position when the qualification stage resumes in September with an away game against minnows San Marino. England appear to have only two tough games – against Slovenia and Switzerland – in the remaining five qualification matches.
“I had no reason to be angry because we have just played our 10th game unbeaten. If I did that I would destroy relationships but I made it perfectly clear what I thought and I am repeating that.
"It was making certain people understand how the coaches feel about the performance and what we think they should feel about it, too. It is reminding people of their responsibilities. I thought it was a moment where they needed to be made aware that we can do better, we need to do better, we can’t be satisfied,” said Hodgson.