Hodgson shows faith in young talent, but warns England against complacency
England are no strangers to unfortunate events in big tournaments. The Three Lions have been jeopardy many times, for instance when a 3-2 victory for Croatia stopped England from qualifying for Euro 2008. England are at the brink of another such disaster when they face Poland on Tuesday night.
England needs to win this game remain on top of the table and qualify for the playoff stage of the World Cup. However, England will have to face a fiery Poland squad, who attack will be led by Borussia Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski.
After giving Montenegro a 4-1 beating on Friday, England aim to acquire three points against Poland to seal their spot in the World Cup next year. Hodgson has warned his team against complacency and asked everyone to be on their toes at the Wembley Stadium.
“The one thing that anyone would want to guard against, and I'll be saying it now until I'm blue in the face, is complacency,” Hodgson said. “But I don't imagine there will be any, certainly after the things I said to them after the Montenegro game, I think they've got a pretty clear idea where I stand on that subject.”
England’s goal against Montenegro came from Wayne Rooney, an own goal from Branko Boskovic, Andros Townsend (man of the match) and Daniel Sturridge. It was a game where England finally forgot about finding drama and instead found form.
“The lads were satisfied [with the win]. They knew they'd done the job as they thought they should do it - and that's a great start but they also recognized it was only half the job,” Hodgson said.
“It was a mood of quiet satisfaction, but I was very keen to point out one of two things to them, so it wasn't anything of a celebratory mood. I was probably quite harsh.
“Sometimes it's easier to be harsh when people have done well and harder to be harsh when they haven't done well.”
Hodgson also back England’s youth to record an impressive game and prove they were worthy of trust. Hodgson will put his faith the younger generation of footballers in order to create a squad ahead of the World Cup.
“For me, the future of English football rests on 90 minutes tomorrow night,” Hodgson said. “I am a worrier, football at the level we work at doesn’t produce people who do not worry. I have great faith and trust in the players, I don’t think I can put a bunch of stronger, more confident bunch of players on the field.
“However, I am also aware football is not science. It is a game and things happen in games you don’t always want to happen and that is what makes you worry a bit.”