England manager Roy Hodgson has moved to play down the fall-out after he responded to a journalist's question by claiming it was "absolute f****** b*******".
Hodgson was quizzed about his side’s inability to create clear-cut chances against Norway at Wembley, with the Three Lions managing just two shots on target in the 1-0 victory.
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“I swear all the time. I swear in front of my wife – I never used to when I was a kid but I do now, so there you go,” he said. “It’s 2014. People swear – and I swear.”
“What sort of world are we living in? You are scraping the bottom of a barrel to say something negative from me swearing.
“I’m a football coach. I played in the non-League with dockers whose every other word was a swear word. They didn’t even know they were swearing because they didn’t know any other words.
“If you asked me why, I couldn’t tell you. I think my vocabulary is good enough to allow me not to do it.”
Hodgson insists that his Wembley rant was not designed to offend anyone, and that he is not feeling the pressure after a group-stage exit at this summer's World Cup.
“If you get it written down, ‘We are very annoyed and morally offended by Hodgson, the England manager, using a swear word. And we insist that in the future he never swears…’ then, okay, I will never swear in your company again.
“I just thought I was with mature enough people to understand that a swear word, which I thought was probably used at the right time, should not provoke a fit of moral indignation.
“I will put the message forward quite strongly, even a little bit aggressively sometimes.
“But there was no need for me to be upset and there was no ill feeling. The pressure is the pressure in this job. I don’t know I can feel more pressure than I put myself under.
“The pressure sometimes unfortunately will come from outside and there is not so much you can do about it.”
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