England cruised to a 5-0 win against San Marino at Wembley on Thursday evening in one of those games which would most certainly sit in the category of ‘no win’ fixtures.
Anything less than 5 would have been seen as something of an embarrassment for England against a team ranked joint lowest in the world. But even that scoreline reflects a performance that never really hit the high notes.
Against the minnows England lacked real fluidity – a worrying symptom of the Hodgson reign. He’s a decent fellow but we can’t see any progress for England under the current manager. If anything, the national team has gone backwards.
They were clunky at EURO 2012 but Hodgson can be relieved of responsibility for that as he’d only been in the job for six weeks. But the performance at The World Cup in Brazil was worse still. Three games and one point was a fair reflection of the performance levels. Forget bad luck or the idea that England played exciting football in patches. It’s a complete myth – England were trounced.
Yet the top brass have kept Hodgson on. We feel that the next two years is easy to predict – a comfortable qualification in a ridiculously easy group followed by another drab and disjointed performance at EURO 2016. This all begs the question: Why not let go of Hodgson now?
England fans: can you see any progress under Hodgson?