Neville not only a pundit, but also part of Hodgson's coaching staff.
The England manager said: "There is no problem with that (criticism from Neville). He only ever calls things as he sees them.
"I heard what he said and I don't think it was that critical. It was more a matter of fact statement, and Joe is not afraid of criticism.
"Watching him walk off the pitch on Wednesday night, I am pretty sure he was disappointed and saddened by a performance he might see himself could have been so much better.
"But as a goalkeeper if you can't overcome those periods, you can't be a top goalkeeper, and Joe has done that in his career before."
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