I feared Cole would miss Ukraine match, admits Hodgson

06 September 2013 10:47
That's why Chelsea left-back was substituted for England at half-time

Roy Hodgson is already thinking about Tueday's vital World Cup qualifier match in Kiev against Ukraine, but will be without front man Danny Welbeck who picked up an yellow card in the 4-0 win against Moldova at Wembley tonight.it was a decision that left Hodgson fuming."We are already short of front players," said the England manager."It does not get much more unfortunate than that."We dealt with the blows before and I hope we can cope in Ukraine as well." But that was not a yellow card."Welbeck has gone on a 40-yard run and get a second yellow card seconds often the ref blows his whistle - and all that against a team already wasting time."You can't convince me it was yellow card."But we will live will it. Was it a yellow card, no it was not."I don't want t hear or care care what happens with them."With Welbeck out, Hodgson was concerned that Chelsea's left back Ashley Cole might also suffer a is liar fate. Cole was also just another yellow away form a one-match ban.Hodgson decided to make a half- time substitution of the Blues' defender."It was an easy decision to make," said Hodgson, "to replace Cole with Baines."One of the plus signs on the 4-0 romp against Moldova is the form of 31-year-old Southampton striker Rickie Lambert who scored in successive England matches."The good thing is that Lambert scored," said Hodgson."Some people thought he bot his chance in the England set-up because two candidates were missing - but he took his chance and he's done it."He is expecting to play on Tuesday against Ukraine, and I have to wait and see if I can meet his expectations or surprise him."Ex-Chelsea hitman Daniel Sturridge missed tonight's game through I jury but is still in Hodgson's plans."Sturridge is less than 50/50," said Hodgson. "He will join us on Sunday and we will assess him then."Ukraine will be tough match and we will have to a least match the 1-1 draw they got at Wembley."Hodgson prickled when asked about his charges chances of doing well in Rio next year."Let's qualify first before making predictions for World Cup," he said."My focus is on next game - Brazil will take care of itself."James Milner came on in the second half and he's a player that Hodgson clearly likes."I'm starting to see quite a lot of good wingers at younger level," he said."But I will need experience and strength onnGuesday, and that is why I used Milner tonight, to get him minutes under his belt if I decide to use him.

Source: Chelsea MAD