Roy Hodgson says he is honoured to be managing England against Brazil
Roy Hodgson believes Sunday’s match with Brazil is the ideal way to complete his first year as England Manager.
The Three Lions boss has a number of injury issues to deal with but that has not spoiled his appetite for the match with the Samba stars.
Hodgson said: “We feel honoured and privileged to be playing this game in the new Maracana before their important Confederations Cup matches and we hope we can give them a good game and it’s a match we are all looking forward to.
“It’s unfortunate, we hoped the injuries from the Ireland game would have healed but it’s not the case so we have the players that come off the plane - we wouldn’t have minded one or two more.
“It just means more players will have to take part and the starters might have to stay on longer than if we’d have had a few more.
“It’s good to be limited because I want to players to play long games. I don’t want to be making lots of changes."
He continued: “It’s great coming here for the players who have never been before.
"We had a fantastic outing yesterday and everywhere we go are shown great hospitality and warmth so it has made us extra determined to qualify for next year.
“The players are very impressive in that respect. They welcome the chance to explore the city. It seems that everyone does it with good grace and when we come away we feel good and hopefully the people who have met us feel happy we have visited.
“This is a nice end to the year that started in a hectic fashion.
"I’m looking forward to what’s ahead and I’d like to think in this year I’ve got to know them better and they know what were trying to do.
"I’m more and more confident that we are moving in the right direction to [the World Cup in] Brazil next year.”