Hodgson rejects talk of 'crisis' in English game

The Three Lions coach has recently faced questions over his future at the England helm, while the Under-21 side failed to pick up a single point during the European Championships

England boss Roy Hodgson has rejected talk of a "crisis" surrounding the English game and has called for perspective on the matter.

Following remarks by England's second all-time top goalscorer, Gary Lineker, describing England's recent insipid 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland as "a step back to the dark ages of two lines of four", Hodgson has faced questions over his future.

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The disappointing efforts of the Under-21 side in the European Championships in Israel - three losses on the bounce with just one goal scored - have heightened fears of a crisis in the national game, but Hodgson dismissed the notion.

"Who knows if there’s a crisis? What is a crisis? They are the big philosophical questions," Hodgson is quoted as saying by The Sun.

"When do you have to question things in your life? Is it when your team loses a football game? Is it when you can’t pay your mortgage? Is it when you suffer a death in the family?

"We are going down maybe too philosophical a route. I found today [a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem] particularly depressing. It was a very sobering experience."