Fatigue and boredom will be issues for England at World Cup, admits Hodgson

The Three Lions boss concedes his players will have to battle tiredness and find ways to occupy themselves in Brazil next summer if they are to meet expectations
Roy Hodgson admits England will have to overcome boredom and fatigue to succeed at next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Several Three Lions players complained about the monotony of their campaign in South Africa in 2010, while the arduous Premier League season is believed by some to have undermined the national side at recent major tournaments.

Hodgson concedes both are thorny issues which will have to be addressed as he looks to restore the country's footballing pride on the international stage.

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"All the things you can't change, you just have to deal with," he told reporters.

"It's a recurring theme [boredom], any manager from any country in a tournament will tell you the same story.

"How are we going to occupy the players for five weeks? How are we going to get through these long days? There is no answer.

"You can't replicate the routine that players have with their clubs and that is all there is to it.

"We will never get to a situation where players say: 'It's no problem being away for five weeks, I love every minute of it,' because, frankly, you don't.

"You want to go to a World Cup, you want to be telling your grandkids about it, but at the same time it is a sacrifice.

"You will most likely glorify it to the grandkids, tell them it was fantastic. But at the time you probably moaned a bit.

"The tempo and intensity of the English league is what makes it popular around the world but it wears people out.

"I am pretty sure the players are livelier and fresher now than they will be at the end of the season, whenever that is, because something else we can't control is the possibility of English teams reaching the Champions League final.

"I like the Champions League but I don't agree that it knocks the World Cup into a cocked hat. Not when you consider the agony teams go through just to qualify. For me, the World Cup is still the greatest show on earth and it is certainly watched by the most people."

Despite the obstacles facing England in Brazil, Hodgson insists he remains optimistic about his side's chances of meeting or exceeding expectations.

"I try not to dwell on the negatives," he added. "When you take on the job people point out that it is impossible to succeed and it can only end in tears, and maybe that's right.

"But I never saw it that way. I saw it as an opportunity to work with some fantastic players.

"I'll go to Brazil hoping we can do something there. We will all be slaughtered if we don't but that's the way it is.

"I'm not certain anyway that what gets written is always swallowed wholeheartedly by the people who go to the games, I think the public are more realistic.

"I'd like to believe they have been satisfied so far and even got a degree of excitement from the way we are trying to play. This could be an interesting tournament."