Roy Hodgson under pressure ahead of crunch clashesby Jack Kitson / 05 September 2013, 09:42Tweet
England manager Roy Hodgson is under pressure ahead of two crunch World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. The Three Lions are currently second in Group H, behind Montenegro, but if they win their two upcoming matches they will go top. However, if they drop any points Hodgson will be scrutinised as it will put their participation at the Brazil 2014 in real jeopardy.
England host Moldova at Wembley on Friday night before travelling to Ukraine on Tuesday. Paddy Power have priced Hodgson’s men as the red-hot 1/16 favourites to beat Moldova, where as they can be backed at 11/8 to come out on top in Ukraine. Meanwhile they are available at a best priced 25/1 to go all the way and win the World Cup.
Elsewhere the new FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, has piled pressure on the future England manager by boldly proclaiming that England should win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Dyke stunned the media with his ambitious, and to some unrealistic, long-term vision. However, if England are to achieve this goal they are likely to have to conquer scorching temperatures as the tournament is set to take part in the summer.