Hodgson confident of qualification

10 October 2013 07:46

Roy Hodgson insists England will not suffer from stage fright when they take on Montenegro in Friday's crunch World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Since his appointment 18 months ago, England manager Hodgson must have had countless dreams about leading his country in Brazil, but with two games left the team are still by no means certain of making the plane to Rio.

The Three Lions top Group H by one point, but the only way that they can guarantee qualification is by beating Montenegro on Friday and Poland four days later.

Many had expected England to breeze through, but so far Hodgson's men have only managed victories against San Marino and Moldova.

Failure to qualify would be seen as a massive failure on Hodgson's part, but if the England manager is feeling the heat then there was no sign of it on Thursday when he addressed the media.

"No," was Hodgson's response when asked if he is worried about failing to qualify.

"We have never discussed not qualifying.

"We are convinced we are a good team, that we are good enough to qualify and that we are going to do the job.

"Words like fear or anxiety or concern haven't really crossed our minds or certainly haven't crossed our lips.

"There will be lots of good teams that don't get there but I am convinced that it won't be us."

Source: PA