London: Exceeding expectations with unheralded teams has been Roy Hodgson's forte. And at this year's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine, just emerging from the group stage could be deemed a success for England.
"One is tempted to say, because it's England, that success is only reaching the latter stages. Even tempted to say the only success is winning," said Hodgson, who was hired only a month before the tournament is set to kick off. "But I'd like people to cut us a bit of slack in that respect. The resignation of Fabio Capello has made the situation somewhat different."
England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 under Steve McClaren. He was replaced by Capello, but his tenure ended amid controversy about England defender John Terry's trial on charges of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.