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England boss Hodgson wary of Moldova

England manager Roy Hodgson is well aware what kind of threat the Moldovan team poses ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier in Chisinau.

The third-ranked Three Lions take on the 141st-ranked Moldova side but Hodgson is taking nothing for granted when his players meet Ion Caras' men in their Group H opener.

It is suggested that the Moldovan players will be each given a hefty bonus if they can at least hold England to a draw but Hodgson says that should not weigh into the occasion.

"That's international football these days," said Hodgson.

"It doesn't matter who you are playing you know that if you don't prepare for a game against a well-organised and well-disciplined side that will work very hard to stop you scoring then you're not preparing properly.

"So we are aware of that and we're also aware from the games we've studied that they're also a team that are capable of playing very well and causing problems so we won't underestimate them.

"Their bonus system is their bonus system and we have our own fish to fry. You can argue those things and debate those things as much as you like."

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Andrew Slevison
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