Roy Hodgson claims England have a chance of winning 2014 World Cup
England are heading to Brazil next summer after beating Poland on Tuesday night, with Roy Hodgson now having to figure out the best 23-man squad to take to the World Cup.
October 16th, 2013
There is always the chance that players might pick up injuries which will rule them out of proceedings, while young players such as Ross Barkley, Ravel Morrison and even Wilfried Zaha could be knocking on the door come May.
Hodgson has been talking about the achievement of steering England to the World Cup, with the 66-year-old claiming it represents the pinnacle of his career.
“If you want to win the lottery, buy a lottery ticket, and we have our ticket,” he said. “We’ve got a chance. I’m greatly satisfied. I think this will [top the lot in his career]. The only reason I’m cautious is I don’t want to denigrate my other achievements, or for people in Switzerland to think I wasn’t very proud of reaching the World Cup in 1994 or the Euros in 1996 after so many years. That was a pretty good achievement.
“But I’m English. As an Englishman, this means a little bit more. It means an awful lot. There’ll be a lot of pressure on us in Brazil but this team is growing and accepting that pressure. The blend between the senior and young players looks good. We’ll use the next six or seven months to reflect on the tournament.
“The important thing this evening was to do the job. It sounded easy: two home matches, against Montenegro and Poland, win them and no problems. But anyone involved in football knows it’s not as easy as all that. The important thing for us is to keep working at our game.”
Hodgson will find out England’s World Cup group in December, with the Three Lions set to meet one of the top seeds, which could mean facing Argentina, Brazil or Spain at the group stage.