Roy Hodgson plays down talk of World Cup woe

Dyke effectively writing off England's dreams of glory as they prepare for two crucial qualifying matches was always going to leave him open to accusations that his comments would be harmful to morale and unhelpful to the manager.

updated: September 05, 2013 23:08 IST
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Watford, UK: England manager Roy Hodgson sought to side-step issues about his team's lack of World Cup pedigree on Thursday as he prepared for two crucial games in their quest to reach the finals in Brazil.

Hodgson's pre-match press conference ahead of qualifiers against Moldova at Wembley on Friday and Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday was dominated by a debate sparked by the Football Association's new chairman Greg Dyke in his first major address since replacing predecessor David Bernstein in July.

Dyke focused on the challenges facing the England team when so many players in the Premier League come from abroad.

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