Hodgson dismisses rumors of pressure
Roy Hodgson refused to entertain claims that a significant pressure on him has been reduced after England managed a 2-0 win over Switzerland in the opening Euro 2016 qualifying match. This was seen as of the important and tough matches for the English, who were heavily criticised after a poor World Cup 2014. The team were knocked out of the group stages, thus bringing a huge disappointment to Hodgson’s second international tournament in charge of the national team. After the World Cup, there are a lot of calls for Hodgson to be sacked as the national team boss.
Despite managing to secure a positive result in back-to-back matches, Hodgson refused to accept that pressure on him has reduced. England managed a 1-0 win over Norway in a friendly match before getting this positive result against Switzerland. Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck, who moved to the North London club for £ 16 million, finally showed that he is someone who can score goals on a regular basis after getting two on the night. There were several positives to take from the two matches, but Hodgson believes that the national team still has a long way to go before he can win over his doubters, a legion that has been growing in recent months.
"You're always under pressure. The day when an England manager is not under pressure, we're not asking enough of him and his team, so that's never bothered me. On Monday the players proved what I have been trying to say all along. They proved that, yes the World Cup didn't go our way and we were very disappointed, but we have been building, we have been changing players, introducing new ones, so it wasn't a question of us suddenly hitting a brick wall (in Brazil),” said the former Liverpool manager.