‘England must be confident and trust in their ability’
Roy Hodgson rallies his troops
ENGLAND manager Roy Hodgson is aware his players are under pressure to perform at Euro 2012 but is desperate for them to take “confidence and self-belief“ into the tournament.
Hodgson has inherited a side that has failed to live up to expectations in recent years, with the quarter-final exit to Germany in the 2010 World Cup a particularly humbling moment for a side that boasted several world-class players.
Sections of the media and many fans have been downbeat about England’s chances heading into the tournament and, while Hodgson admits that could ultimately be a positive thing, he wants his players to trust themselves.
When asked whether low expectations helped or hindered the squad, Hodgson said: “It’s only a good thing.
“Football players are under enormous pressure.
“We, as coaches, put them under enormous pressure – we want a lot from them – because we can only succeed when they succeed.
“The nation puts them under pressure.”
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