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Fear plays a part - Hodgson

10 Sep 2013 09:16:54

Fear plays a part - Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has admitted the pressure is on as England face up to their World Cup D-day.

Victory over Ukraine on Tuesday evening in Kiev and Hodgson's men will have one foot in next summer's finals in Brazil.

Defeat in the stadium where England's Euro 2012 dream ended against Italy last summer and the very real possibility of missing out on their first World Cup since 1994 will start to loom large.

"Of course there is pressure," Hodgson said. "We are getting closer to the situation where we are either going to achieve our goals and qualify for the World Cup or we are going to fail.

"You cannot get away from that. But what does discussing and admitting it do?

"What would you like me to say in answer to the question? I don't feel any pressure and I couldn't care less? Or I can't sleep a wink and I'm frightened to death we are going to lose?

"Fear does plays a part in our lives. It plays a part in people's lives outside football.

"If you've got ambition to do your job well the fear that things might not go the way you'd want them to is always there.

"Sometimes you've got to be bold enough to trust in what you can do."

Hodgson has confirmed Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap in Kiev and that the only change to his starting line-up from Friday's 4-0 win over Moldova will be the suspended Danny Welbeck's replacement on the left-hand side of England's attack.


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