Hodgson annoyed with decisions
England manager Roy Hodgson feels that Danny Welbeck’s suspension for the next world cup qualifier “overshadowed” his team’s impressive 4-0 win against Moldova.
Welbeck received a yellow card for kicking the ball away, which means that he will miss England’s game against Ukraine in Kiev next Tuesday.
Hodgson felt that the decision was unjust, and now must face a tough game against the Ukrainians without two of his best strikers, Welbeck and Wayne Rooney.
Rooney has withdrawn from the squad after suffering a deep cut to his forehead, which he picked up while training with his club, Manchester United.
The England manager told ITV: “We had already lost Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge. It takes the gloss off a good performance.”
Welbeck has been prolific for the three Lions during the World Cup qualifying campaign, as well as at club level with Liverpool, as the 22 year old has scored six times in his past seven international appearances.
His one-match suspension comes as a big blow to Hodgson, who told BBC Radio 5 live: “The thing that is a major, major negative is, after losing two centre-forwards of great quality, I have now lost a third one for a second booking,”
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is also ruled out with a heel injury.
Hodgson continued on the subject of Sturridge, saying: “For the first one against Montenegro, when we should have had a penalty, he was accused of diving.
“For the second one, he has had a shot after a great run and the referee has said he is wasting time. It was more than harsh.
“I really find it hard to think that there is anyone out there who will look at that and say they understand it was a correct decision.”
Asked whether he would call up a replacement, the 66 year old replied: “I suppose one would, if there were very obvious candidates,”
“I think we worked very hard through the candidates, and with Andy Carroll still injured, you would have to be going way back to think of people to bring in.”
England are currently sat at the top of their qualifying group, on the same amount of points as Montenegro but with a game in hand.
With just three games remaining for Hodgson and his team, a good result is vital in Kiev next week, with the Ukrainians just a point behind in third place.