England coach Hodgson admits play-off option

England coach Roy Hodgson admits they could be facing a World Cup play-off. The draw in Montenegro has made the nightmare of being thrown into the play-offs a harsh reality.

England coach Roy Hodgson admits they could be facing a World Cup play-off.

The draw in Montenegro has made the nightmare of being thrown into the play-offs a harsh reality.

And the prospect of facing the likes of Portugal, France or Croatia in a two-legged tie makes the thought of the Three Lions boarding a plane to Brazil 2014 seem a long way off.

Boss Hodgson said: “If, as a result of our performances, we are second in our group then we will worry about the team we have to face in the play-offs.

We’re a couple of points down on what we’d have liked and nobody wants to be in the play-offs

“But the fact is that, in the World Cup qualifiers, only one team goes straight through.

“In the play-offs it’s going to be a good team because, in every group, there are at least two good teams.

“In fact, I would suggest there are more than two good teams in some of the groups.

“I will worry about the play-offs when the play-offs come around."

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