Hodgson warns of Brazil's 'major logistical problem' ahead of 2014 World Cup

The England boss is wary of the "vast" nature of the host nation, and the opposing weather conditions that come with it, which could affect visiting teams and supporters alike

By Alex Young at Vauxhall's 'Road to Brazil' conference

England manager Roy Hodgson has voiced his concerns over the "major logistical problem" Brazil face ahead of their hosting of World Cup 2014.

As the fifth largest country in the world - spanning over three million miles of land mass - the South American nation could prove troublesome in terms of travel for both teams and fans alike during the tournament.

Hodgson underlined the antithetical weather Brazil can boast at opposing ends of the country and the potential problems the variation in climate could pose to visitors.

Speaking at Vauxhall's 'Road to Brazil' conference, Hodgson said: "They've got a major logistical problem on their hands.

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"It's a vast country. I don't think we realise quite how vast.

"There's going to be enormous difficulties for the teams that qualify, according to where they're drawn.

"You've got to remember, it's the Brazilian winter, so there is not going to be much sunbathing time unless you happen to find yourself in Rio.

"There's no doubt that the team that gets a game in Porto Alegre and one game in Manaus will have problems because the temperature difference are quite enormous.

"If you’re down in Porto Alegre, you're going to need a fur coat because it snows and temperatures reach single figures. If you find yourself in Manaus then you won’t be sunbathing but you will find 45-50 degrees of heat and plenty of mosquitoes."

Hodgson did, however, add that, as hosts there would be an extra "spice" not found with other countries - highlighting the passion for the sport the five-time world champions possess.

"The fact that it's Brazil, we can't deny adds some spice to this tournament because it is such a major footballing power, has been for so many years," he continued.

"It's a country which is totally dominated by football.

"There are certain things in football it would be nice to say when your career ended you have taken a team to those places: Wembley and Maracana would come into that category.

"Internationally I don't think it gets much better than Wembley or the Maracana. If you are a football person, everyone is going to look forward to the idea of being able to take part in a World Cup in Brazil. It adds that little bit of extra pressure to qualifying and also extra motivation.

"Brazil accept that football came to their country through an Englishman but have made a pretty good fist themselves of suggesting they are also a motherland of football."

England kick-off a 13-month long qualification campaign by travelling to Moldova on September 7 before facing Ukraine at Wembley four days later in a double-header.

Hodgson revealed that former captain John Terry will, if fit, be selected for the squad despite the results of a FA disciplinary hearing yet to be announced.

And, despite a very youthful squad claiming a 2-1 victory over Italy last week, the Three Lions boss hinted that many of the more experienced members would return for the tie at the Zimbru Stadium, adding that "knocking on the door isn't necessarily the same as opening it".

"I haven't got a closed mind [regarding selection] that says 'If you weren’t in the Euros you won't be in this squad either' but, on the other hand, I am aware that experience plays a part," Hodgson said.

One player whose international future remains in doubt is Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross.

The Chester-born England Under-21 international is eligible to represent Wales due to his upbringing - with national side Chris Coleman eager to secure the centre-back for the Dragons.

However, Coleman on Friday admitted that the possibility of such a development looks increasingly unlikely.

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"It's not going to be a runner," he revealed.

"I took a trip up to Stoke in the week to meet Ryan. Ryan still sees himself as having a chance of playing for England."

Hodgson is aware of the desire of Shawcross - who was an unused substitute for England's 3-1 victory over Egypt in March 2010 when called up by then manager Fabio Capello - to represent the Three Lions, but is reluctant to hand a cap to the player until he is certain he can improve his current set-up.

"I think it is wrong to do that [try and secure a player’s international future]," Hodgson insisted.

"It is wrong to give someone a cap unless you think if better than the players you've got and he deserves a cap. It is wrong to block him from playing for another country.

"What I'd like to think is that Shawcross will be confident enough to look at the players I've selected, and think: 'I could get into that team'."

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