Hodg­son wor­ried lack of goals could be costly

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UAE

© PressReader. All rights reserved.