England Manager Roy Hodgson speaks on World Cup double at Wembley and squad selection
Roy Hodgson says he is more than happy with the scenario facing his squad as the conclusion to World Cup qualifying draws nearer.
England play Montenegro and Poland at Wembley knowing that two wins will be enough to secure their place in next summer’s extravaganza in Brazil.
And after naming his squad for the double-header this week, Hodgson admits he is glad England’s destiny lies in their own hands.
He told TheFA.com: “We’d ideally have liked to have 24 points from eight games and had no concern from these two games, but realistically it was always going to be a tough ask to have got that far in front in a very difficult group.
“So we’re happy to go into these last two games, backed up by our fans, knowing that two victories will assure us a place in Brazil so the scenario is a good one.”
Hodgson also spoke of his joy at having the services of in-form strikers Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck in his squad.
The trio all missed England’s last qualifier in Ukraine and the Three Lions boss is glad to be on home soil for their return.
“It’s a great boost to have them back,” he added.
“The most important thing is that we’ve been preparing for this qualification for a long time believing that we’d be good enough to reach the final stage of it and that we’d be good enough to get ourselves over the line.
“Now is the opportunity to prove that and the games are here at Wembley, which is important to us because we feel comfortable playing at home and we feel we’re going to get good support from the fans who come to the game.”
Watch the full interview below, in which Roy also discusses his squad selection and thoughts on Ross Barkley and Joe Hart.