England boss Hodgson doesn't want to be underdog

England coach Roy Hodgson isn't interested in any underdogs tag going into their clash with Italy. Hodgson feels there is no need for any inferiority complex inside the Three Lions camp.

England coach Roy Hodgson isn't interested in any underdogs tag going into their clash with Italy.

Hodgson feels there is no need for any inferiority complex inside the Three Lions camp.

"We're not underdogs in any way," he said.

"We have good-quality players who are recognised worldwide and, certainly, would get into a lot of the top European teams.

"Spain have had a few scares along the way and Italy have been stable in their performances without actually tearing the tournament up.

"It's been a fairly smooth process for us.

"Things were up in the air because our preparation time was so short and we lost four senior players to injury in the build-up.

"But we've managed to put that to one side and now it's more a positive feeling."

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