England - We will get stronger: Hodgson

11 June 2012 09:19

England manager Roy Hodgson believes his side will emerge a stronger team after opening their campaign with a gruelling 1-1 draw against France.

Hodgson believes the result will act as a springboard for a successful first round however, with England facing Sweden in Kiev on Friday before taking on Ukraine in their last Group D match.

"I hope this gives us a good platform. We'll get fitter as well - match fitter," Hodgson said.

"Quite a few of our players didn't play the last few games at the end of the season and didn't come into this tournament with the same match fitness they might have done.

"The more we train and play, the fitter they'll become. It was tough in those last 15 or 20 minutes."

Source: AFP

World Cup Group G

England 2 0 0 6 6
Belgium 2 0 0 6 6
Tunisa 0 0 2 -4 0
Panama 0 0 2 -8 0
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