Roy Hodgson is confident England will progress from vital World Cup qualifiers
Roy Hodgson admits to be being ‘nervous’ ahead of England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers – but he has every faith the Three Lions will progress.
His Three Lions side face Montenegro next Friday and Poland the following Tuesday, both at Wembley Stadium, as they look to secure their place in Brazil next summer.
And, after naming his squad on Thursday for the double-header, Hodgson said: “I'm always nervous and any football coach who believes in his work, when the whistle goes, he's nervous.
“I don't know if you can be involved as a player or a coach at his level and not be nervous. You might try to control it, but anyone who tells you they're not nervous would even suggest a laissez-faire attitude. The last thing I'd have towards this job is a laissez-faire attitude.”
The England boss knows that two victories will seal their place at the top of the group and a pathway to the World Cup.
Even after a long career as a coach, Hodgson admits the next games are two of the most important he has faced.
“Yes they are [the most important], because they are the next two,” he said.
“There might come a time in the future that if you ask me if they are the two most important games and I look back on 40 years, I'll find a couple of others. But my whole life at the moment is focused on these two games.
“To be honest, I don't even want to consider anything else at the moment. All I'm concerned about is 11 October and 15 October.
"I believe we are going to do it, I'm confident we are going to do it, but there's 180 minutes of football, so let's see what happens.”
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