My tribe

Hodgson concentrating on England qualification not play-offs

England are guaranteed second place in the World Cup qualifying group, which would mean a play-off berth should they fail to win at Wembley and Ukraine record an expected victory over San Marino. But both Three Lions coach Roy Hodgson and skipper Steven Gerrard were adamant that would have no impact on their approach to the game.

"As far as I'm concerned I still feel the focus is on this as a game we want to win," Hodgson said.

"I'm not thinking of the play-offs.

"I don't think we shall be very satisfied if we don't win. We know we've got the play-offs but I don't think that will affect the attitude of the players. We're a good team, we're at home and we'll want to win."

Gerrard added: "We want to seize this opportunity. We want to win.

"We'll have 90,000, a full house at Wembley. It's a huge game on the back of a huge performance a couple of nights ago, and we're ready to go."

Poland's qualification hopes are over after a 1-0 loss to Ukraine on Friday night, but Gerrard expects them to give England a difficult night.

"I think Poland's tactics will be very similar to Montenegro," he said.

"They will want to defend well and make it difficult so we will have to show patience.

"But with the attacking players we've got it's only a matter of time before the breakthrough comes. We've got that confidence."

 For breaking stories and all the great banter like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tribalfootball

About the author

Dave Williams

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?