Roy Hodgson Defends England Tactics

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England boss hits back at Gary Lineker criticism.

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Roy Hodgson has hit out at Gary Lineker following the former England striker’s criticism of the national team’s tactics according to BBC Sport.

Lineker suggested that England had gone back to the ‘Dark Ages’ following their 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland.

The game was somewhat dour with neither side playing much entertaining football. Lineker suggested that this was done to Hodgson’s decision to play a 4-4-2 formation which stifled creativity within the team.

The former Leicester, Barcelona and Tottenham man went on to say that England would be taken apart by Brazil in their next game if the played with the same lack of imagination.

But Hodgson has defended his side’s performance stating that he believed the team had performed well.

The England boss pointed out that it was the same formation employed by Borussia Dortmund in this year’s Champions League final.

Hodgson went on to criticise the press, stating that he is never surprised about what is written with regards to the England team, before insisting he would not accept criticism he did not perceive to be true.

England’s friendly against Brazil is set to go ahead despite concerns about the safety of the stadium.

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