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Lineker criticism baffles Hodgson

12 Sep 2013 09:46:54

Lineker criticism baffles Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is unrepentant about the manner of England's goalless draw with Ukraine on Tuesday night.

Hodgson greeted the final whistle like an old friend, believing his side had just taken another significant step towards reaching next summer's World Cup.

The England boss has been taken aback by the subsequent criticism, led by former skipper Gary Lineker.

However, with Wembley victories now required against Montenegro and Poland next month, Hodgson is taking nothing back.

"I don't think, in any way, we have to apologise for getting a 0-0," he said.

"I am little bit disappointed if people expect us to come here all the time and win comfortably.

"I don't think that has ever happened in the past."

Despite the fact England were without Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge, the performance did not meet with Lineker's approval.

The second highest goalscorer in England history did clarify his comments on Wednesday.

However, he underlined his belief England remain deficient in the art of retaining possession.


PA

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