‘We won’t get prizes for possession, we need goals!’ Hodgson on Iceland game

first_img Roy Hodgson takes England training ahead of the last 16 match with Iceland 1 Roy Hodgson has warned his England team that failure to start converting chances into goals will see them crash out of Euro 2016.The Three Lions were on the offensive for large periods of their three group games, but drew against Russia and Slovakia after failing to capitalise on their perceived dominance, and needed a last gasp goal to see off Wales.That meant England finished runners up in the group, setting up a showdown with Iceland in the round of 16 on Monday night.And Hodgson made clear that the time for talk about scoring goals is about to end.“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.”last_img

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