Soccer-Hodgson launches defence of England tactics (Reuters)

LONDON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson has launched a staunch defence of his team after his side’s performance in the 0-0 draw in Ukraine on Tuesday drew widespread criticism. A point from a forgettable match in Kiev kept England on course for next year’s World Cup finals but the negative tactics and lack of flair were seen as further evidence that Hodgson’s side are falling behind the world’s best. Former England striker Gary Lineker and now BBC presenter described the performance as “woeful”. However, Hodgson seemed baffled by the reaction and took Lineker to task. …

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