How England boss Roy Hodgson has left himself with nowhere to hide

The Three Lions boss is talking up his side's chances and as such will not have any excuses should they fail in Brazil.

England are in raining ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, with the Three Lions set to take on Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.

Expectations are always high that the British side can compete for the crown when major tournaments come around, and with the blend of experience and youth in this squad it has been no different.

However, Roy Hodgson has potentially made a rod for his own back with his latest comments – all of which have been overwhelmingly positive.

Instead of talking down the side’s chances or trying to keep expectations in check, the former West Brom boss has actually stated that the squad’s preparation has been perfect and that conditions are working in the team’s favour.

As admirable as it may well be for England to go into the tournament with optimism and an abrasive outlook, the margin for error is reduced and failure to play attractive, attacking (and winning) football will now lead to an even greater backlash.

Maybe it is the cynic in me, but Hodgson’s positive comments have actually made his job more difficult as more is now expected of England at this summer’s tournament.

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