Hodgson deems 1-0 defeat to Germany as “positive exercise” for World Cup
England manager Roy Hodgson was confident about picking up a win over Germany before the friendly began on Tuesday. However, the Three Lions boss was forced to rectify his image about England right after the first whistle of the game.
After experiencing a 1-0 defeat at home, Hodgson admits his side lacked the quality needed to defeat Germany. Hodgson also believes that 1-0 defeat to Germany was a “harsh” result for England.
The 66-year-old manager bemoaned over his side’s lack of quality in the night as Per Mertesacker scored the lone goal to take his side to a memorable victory over the Three Lions.
“I think it was a harsh defeat to be fair but, whether we deserved better [or not], I think we needed better quality tonight,” Hodgson told ITV after the game.
“The effort, the work-rate and the desire we put in I can't fault at all but I thought, for all the time we had the ball in the German half, we weren't as efficient with the ball as the Germans were when they had it in our half.
Revealing the reason to England’s defeat Hodgson said that poor passing and shooting were the primary reasons behind the loss.
“We had an awful lot of the play, we had some good movement and we got in the positions but, unfortunately, the quality of our passing and our shooting wasn't as good as the Germans and we paid the price at a set-play,” Hodgson added.
“We knew set-plays were going to be difficult for us with so many big players in their team and we were a small team.”
Nonetheless, Hodgson asked his men to take advantage of the silver linings from this defeat. Hodgson insists playing against Germany was a “positive exercise” for the upcoming World Cup.
With just only seven months remaining before the tournament starts in Brazil, Hodgson understands his teams a lot of practice.
“During the game we've used a lot of players,” Hodgson said. “It's been a positive exercise.
“We learned a lot, both positively on some occasions and negatively, but I'm more than disappointed that so many people have come to watch us play in these last two games and we haven't been able to send them home happy with a good result.”