Skip to comments.Roy Hodgson issues rallying call ahead of crunch World Cup qualifier
Posted on 10/11/2013 12:48:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
"I trust the players and I believe in them," he said. "I know how determined they are to do the job.
"People do doubt sometimes. They can quote the statistics. We haven't had a marquee result. The one we had was the friendly against Brazil at home, or the draw away, but you can't have a marquee result in a friendly.
"But we are a long way forward compared to how I felt 18 months ago. This is a perfect opportunity to prove that and improve the mood.
"The nation wants us to be in Brazil. They expect us to get them to Brazil. It cannot come quickly enough and we'll be ready for it."
"We are one of the big nations. We are expected to qualify for World Cups and European Championships.
"If that doesn't happen, you'll get criticism. If you're wise, you realise there'll be criticism during qualifying as well. How does anyone stay sane? The training sessions lift me.
"It is two great games and it can be four very good days. That is what I am anticipating."
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