Originally Posted by wpdavid
Yeah, because we were so good at the WC under our previous manager ......
Whether Hodgson is able to get an English side to actually keep the ball is debatable. I suspect that would be beyond anyone. Especially with the meager fares available to us nowadays.
You misunderstand. Hodgson doesn't want his team to dominate possession or play the kind of football you see from Italy. He wants the midfield to sit deep, not press so as not to lose shape, and to utilise long balls from the back. Roy is still living on tactics from the 1970s.
England will play plenty of friendlies in between now and the WC and you'll see this even clearer.