Hodgson fears lack of English firepower against Scotland
England coach Roy Hodgson claims his side is preparing well for the World Cup next year, but a severe shortage of firepower is upsetting the Three Lions preparation for the tournament. Hodgson showed concern for England’s lack of firepower ahead of the friendly against Scotland on Wednesday.
The Three Lions boss announced his squad for match against Scotland on Thursday. The squad will prepare to meet Moldova and Ukraine at the World Cup qualifiers in September.
Roy Hodgson put Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) and Rickie Lambert (Southampton) in his squad, yet feared he needed to add more luster to his attack.
“We are short of forward players in particular,” Hodgson said. “If you go through all of the candidates, you still don't get to more than seven or eight.
“Then you are talking about people who might not have played (for England) for a number of years.
“(England coach) Gary Neville was talking today about the past and reeling off the names of 10 or 12 class players who were vying for two positions.
“We are not in that position, we haven't been in that position and we are not likely to be in that position between now and the end of October but I do believe the players we have are more that capable of doing their job.”
Hodgson expect tough competition from Scotland and admitted they had always proven themselves to be great competitors against England.
Hodgson also ensured a couple of surprise entries from youngster in the England squad. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Eric Dier (Sporting Lisbon) and Luke Shaw (Southampton) were some new faces.
“What a rivalry there has been. Scotland have embarrassed England on quite a few occasions in the past and it will be up to us to make sure they don't do it again on Wednesday night,” Hodgson added.
“It's a chance to meet these players and get to know them a little bit better because it is quite an exciting Under-21 group we have.”