Roy Hodgson ignoring England critics ahead of Brazil clash

The Three Lions' boss dismissed criticism of his side's display in their 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland by saying he was actually encouraged by the midweek performance
England manager Roy Hodgson says he is taking no notice of his side's critics ahead of Sunday's friendly against Brazil.

The Three Lions take on the 2014 World Cup hosts at the Maracana Stadium on the back of a 1-1 draw against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on Wednesday.

The lacklustre midweek display against Giovanni Trapattoni's men brought criticism from many corners but the England boss says he has taken no notice.

"We thought the performance was quite a good one, but it was badly received by the experts who thought we actually played badly," Hodgson told reporters.

"But you have to be careful as a coach. At the end of the day if you listen to too many people telling you you are playing well or badly you won't know what on earth you are doing.

"I know myself if the team is playing well or badly and so do the team.

"During the European Championship we were averaging 200 passes per game and on Wednesday it was 500.

"I think the team are 100 per cent with myself and the coaching staff and we are going in the direction we are trying to take the team. Things are statistically improving all the time."

England take on the five-time world champions at the 2014 World Cup final venue at 20:00BST on Sunday.