‘I can’t think of anything to criticise!’ Former boss Roy Hodgson hails ‘absolutely perfect’ England ahead of Euro 2020 semi-final with Denmark but admits he is dreading the prospect of a penalty shoot-out
- England take on Denmark in the Euro 2020 semi-finals on Wednesday night
- Former Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson can’t find fault with their displays
- Hodgson described the team as ‘faultless’ and ‘perfect’ during the tournament
- But England’s manager of four years from 2012 to 2016 is dreading penalties
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Former England manager Roy Hodgson believes Gareth Southgate’s side have been ‘absolutely perfect’ during Euro 2020.
Hodgson, 73, who spent four years in charge of the national team until 2016, said he expected England to beat Denmark in Wednesday’s semi-final at Wembley.
‘I’m very confident indeed because I think the England team is playing so exceptionally well from the start of the tournament really,’ he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Former England manager Roy Hodgson has praised the team’s performances at Euro 2020
England thrashed Ukraine 4-0 on Saturday to set up a semi-final against Denmark at Wembley
‘In fact, they have been faultless. I can’t think of anything to criticise, although I’m sure there are people who do find something.
‘But they must be hard pushed to find something. It’s been absolutely perfect.
‘Of course in football, as I heard someone say earlier, there is an element of hazard, there is a random chance.
‘But I’m very certain England will play well and it will be a very good game. Sometimes games are decided by random factors and the fact that you’re a very good team doesn’t always help.’
Gareth Southgate, who took charge of the England team in 2016, has taken them to back-to-back semi-finals in major tournaments
Hodgson said the Wembley crowd will ‘play a major part’ but is dreading the prospect of a penalty shoot-out.
‘My main hope tonight is that the game won’t go to penalties,’ he added. ‘You can argue that the penalty shoot-out is better than the flip of a coin, but it is a very cruel way to lose matches, in particular because the player who misses the penalty is often vilified afterwards.’
England will benefit from a raucous crowd of over 60,000 when they take on the Danes
Hodgson spent four years in charge of England, leading them at both Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 and also the 2014 World Cup finals.
The Three Lions lost on penalties to Italy in the quarter-finals at Euro 2012, but crashed out in the round of 16 to Iceland at Euro 2016 and finished bottom of their group at the 2014 World Cup.
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