Roy Hodgson very confident England will qualify for 2014 World Cup
The stage is set for England’s final push to earn a place among the 32 teams that will compete for the 2014 World Cup next summer.
October 11th, 2013
The Three Lions face Montenegro on Friday night knowing that victory would move them to the brink of qualification, with Poland the final opponents on Tuesday.
Roy Hodgson has been able to name a strong England squad for the two matches and Theo Walcott is the only noticeable absentee, with the manager feeling confident that his team can deliver on the pitch this evening.
“Bring the game on,” said Hodgson. “Really, this game can’t come quickly enough. We’re ready for it. We believe in ourselves, we trust in each other. We have the right determination, the right motivation.
“We’re looking at one game. We’ll get out and win that. And when we’ve won that, we’ll look at the next one. And we’ll be equally determined to win that one, too. It’s Wembley, we are England, we have good players, and I believe the players will deliver”.
Indeed, it appears that Hodgson wants England to win with style this evening, claiming that the team haven’t yet achieved the “marquee” result of which they are capable.
“We haven’t had a marquee result. The one we did have was the friendly against Brazil at home [which was won 2-1 in February], or maybe the draw away [in June], but you can’t have a marquee result in a friendly.
“But if I compare how I feel about the team today compared to 18 months ago, just before the Euros, I think we’re a long way forward on that. There are so many exciting younger talents now who will stand us in good stead further on. These two games would be a perfect opportunity to prove that and maybe improve the mood somewhat.
“People do doubt sometimes, and can quote the statistics: you haven’t beaten the Ukraine, you only drew in Poland … This will give us an opportunity to put that right. I know the players are ready to do that.
“They’re determined to do that. We all realise that England expects. They expect us to play well in these two games, win them, and get to the World Cup. We are England, we are one of the big nations and we’re expected to qualify for World Cups and European Championships. The players will not shirk their responsibility. None of us will.”