Hodgson happy with performances but warns strikeforce

Date published: Sunday 26th June 2016 9:19

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Roy Hodgson has been happy with England’s performances at Euro 2016 but has warned his strikeforce they must start producing in front of goal.

Emerging unbeaten in Group B was not without its frustrations for England, with a last-gasp win against Wales book-ended by frustrating draws against Russia and Slovakia.

That inability to find the net saw England progress as runners-up, meaning the likes of France, Spain and Germany could now block their path to the final.

It is a situation Hodgson remains philosophical about, but the frustration at his side’s lack of cutting edge is clear, warning a repeat could see them suffer a humiliating last-16 exit to Iceland, the smallest country to ever play at a major tournament.

“I’m happy with the work they’re doing,” Hodgson said of his attackers. “I am just unhappy that the dominance is not leading to the goals.

“Obviously we have to be better in that area and everyone knows it because if we don’t score goals we can’t continue in the competition. It’s no good.

“You don’t get prizes for possession, you don’t get prizes for the most corners, you don’t get prizes for having the best of the play. You get prizes if you win.

“And really our performance against Wales was no better than our performance against Slovakia or Russia.

“Arguably in many areas it perhaps wasn’t even as good. But we won so that was a great game and the other two were bad games. That’s how it is. We know that.

“And now it’s very simple: if we don’t win now, we go home. So we had better start making sure we score our goalscoring chances.”

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