Roy Hodgson bemoans lack of England quality after German defeat
England have suffered back-to-back defeats at Wembley, with Germany following in the footsteps of Chile and landing victory at the national stadium.
November 20th, 2013
Per Mertesacker’s goal was the difference between the two teams, with the Arsenal central defender beating Joe Hart from a corner, with England failing to register a meaningful shot on target throughout the ninety minutes.
Another mediocre performance left a full house disappointed and Roy Hodgson admitted after the match that he was expecting more quality from the team he sent out, especially against a German side missing several key players.
“I’m disappointed,” Hodgson said. “It’s not nice to lose, especially a second game at home, so one can’t in any way be satisfied. I’m not disappointed with the effort, the work rate and the application, but the Germans were better in the quality of their passing and finishing.
“We let ourselves down in the final third, and we can do better than that. We know that. We needed better quality. I am optimistic we do have the quality, it is there, we have players to come back too, but tonight we were just lacking the quality in those key areas.
“So the major disappointment is twofold: that we didn’t show the quality I’d expected, and that, after having 150,000 people through to watch us in these games, we sent them home disappointed. Sometimes you learn more from defeats. There will be lots of things that, right now, I am not happy about but they won’t seem as black when I watch it back.
“We still wanted to end the year on a positive result. It’s been a great year for the Football Association, and a great year for me because we’ve qualified for the World Cup, which was our goal.
“I’m not prepared to accept for one minute, personally, that these two very tough friendly matches have taken the shine off a very good year. We have a lot to look forward to in 2014, with a lot of players fiercely trying to contest their places in the squad. I thank 2013 for that and look forward to next year.”
Hodgson insisted that England didn’t necessarily have their first-choice line-up on the field either, claiming there were at least seven players that could return to the Three Lions squad, with competition for places set to be fierce between now and the end of the season.