Hodgson worried lack of goals could be costly
Roy Hodgson fears an embarrassing Euro 2016 exit unless England buck up their ideas in front of goal.
Emerging unbeaten in Group B was not without its frustrations given the Three Lions’ last-gasp win against Wales was book-ended by frustrating draws against Russia and Slovakia.
That inability to find the net saw England progress as runners-up, meaning the likes of France, Spain and Germany could now block their path to the final.
It is a situation Hodgson remains philosophical about but the frustration at his side’s lack of cutting edge is clear, warning a repeat could see them suffer a humiliating last-16 exit to Iceland.
“I’m happy with the work they’re doing,” Hodgson said of his attackers. “I am just unhappy that the dominance is not leading to the goals. Obviously we have to be better in that area and everyone knows it because if we don’t score goals we can’t continue in the competition.
“You don’t get prizes for possession, you don’t get prizes for having the best of the play. You get prizes if you win. And really our performance against Wales was no better than our performance against Slovakia or Russia.
“And now it’s very simple: if we don’t win now, we go home. So we had better start making sure we score our goalscoring chances.”
Harry Kane is expected to start tonight [kick-off 11pm UAE time] in place of Jamie Vardy, with Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana alongside the Spurs striker.
29 Shots from England against Slovakia but they failed to convert a single chance