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England recently suffered their first back-to-back defeats at Wembley for the first time since 1977. This has induced some panic amongst the fans ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. England qualified for this tournament in stunning fashion after managing to win their group. They were also looking extremely good in the last few matches, but the latest defeats against Chile and Germany have brought them back to earth. The first friendly against Chile ended in a 2-0 loss, while Germany were able to go home with a 1-0 win.
In both these matches, England looked fragile in defence and this is a major worry for Roy Hodgson ahead of the World Cup. The former Liverpool manager, though, has asked for patience from the fans. He has said that there is nothing to worry about despite these defeats. England are missing a number of first-team regulars like Theo Walcott, but they are unlikely to have made a difference in the back of the field. England have only one more friendly match remaining – against Denmark in March 2014 – before they go into the World Cup.
“There’s certainly no question of panic. If anything I’m much wiser, with regard to the players I’ve got at my disposition and what we need to work on going into a tournament. I’m not prepared to accept that two friendly defeats in which I have used a lot of players in two tough games is going to take the shine off what has been a very good year,” said Hodgson.
Due to the form in recent tournaments, they are rank outsiders to win the World Cup. Hodgson, though, has been upbeat about their chances of victory.
Some of the positives from these two matches include debuts for the likes of Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez.
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Manchester city midfielder James Milner has said that the goalkeeper Joe Hart is a victim of his own success. The England goalkeeper has come under severe criticism in the last few months following poor form with his club. He came through the ranks at Manchester city and he has established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in England in a short period of time. Hart has been making a number of errors in pre-season, and it once again came up to the fore during the opening away Premier league match against Cardiff city.
City suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against the newly promoted club after winning the opening match of the season. Milner, though, has backed his England teammate by saying that he still remains confident in the quality of the 26-year-old. He has been picked for the national team squad that will play against Moldova and Ukraine in key World Cup qualifying matches. England certainly not in these two matches in order to stay in touch with the likes of Montenegro at the top of the table. Only the winner of the group will qualify for the World Cup automatically, and England do not want to play in a play-off against a top team.
“He knows what comes with being England’s No1. With Manchester City and England you get to the top and you’re there to be shot down. People talk less about the good things you do because they’re expected and more about the mistakes you make. He’s a victim of his own success because of how good he’s been and how quickly he’s become England’s No1 and playing for Manchester City. People said he had a poorer season last season but he won the Golden Glove,” said Milner ahead of the international round of matches starting with the Moldova match.
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