Hodgson still targeting Rio triumph

05 September 2013 08:16

England manager Roy Hodgson insists his target remains winning the World Cup in Brazil next year after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke suggested it was a highly unlikely prospect.

Dyke, who delivered a state of the game speech on Wednesday, has set England the challenge of aiming for World Cup glory in Qatar in 2022.

The FA chairman also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't think anyone realistically thinks we are going to win the World Cup in Brazil."

But Hodgson would not be doing his job properly if he had a similar view, and while England are far from certain to qualify for the tournament, the former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss insists they will be aiming for the trophy should they come through the preliminaries.

Sitting alongside captain Steven Gerrard at a press conference ahead of Friday's qualifier against Moldova, Hodgson said: "What bothers me at the moment is not whether we're going to win the World Cup.

"When we're there we'll try to set about winning it.

"I would say I very much doubt if we're on top of bookmakers' list to win the World Cup anywhere in the world at this moment in time.

"Let's first of all qualify and let's try to get better before Brazil comes around, and let's do our best to win it."

Hodgson's focus has to be on the Moldova game, and Tuesday's match against Ukraine.

He was reluctant to discuss Dyke's speech at all.

Source: PA