Wednesday 20 September 2017

England have the fight to qualify for World Cup, warns Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson looks on during the rain before the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier between Poland and England. Photo: Getty Images
Roy Hodgson looks on during the rain before the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier between Poland and England. Photo: Getty Images

Roy Hodgson is confident England have what it takes to emerge successfully from their World Cup 'dogfight'.

England will almost certainly end 2012 in second spot in Group H given Montenegro just need to beat San Marino on home soil in November to go top.



With Poland also hopeful of claiming the single automatic place for Brazil, the battle looks certain to go down to the final set of fixtures in 12 months' time.



However, despite dropping points for the second time in four games during Wednesday's draw in Warsaw, Hodgson retains total faith in his players.



"We took part in a few dogfights during the Euros and we certainly dug in against Poland and showed the right sort of character and determination," said Hodgson.



"There will be some groups where one team shoots away and others where it's going to be quite close. If it's a dogfight, it's a dogfight. There's nothing wrong with that.



"The good thing is we know we can stay and take part in a dogfight. I still think we will improve and come November we'll be very much in the mix."



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