Hodgson knows England lack quality

Roy Hodgson has realised England’s downfalls after ending the year on a low.

The Three Lions boss says his side lacked quality after their 1-0 defeat to Germany last night.

It came just five days after being beaten at home by Chile and it is not looking good ahead of the World Cup Finals.

With Steven Gerrard back after injury, England have run out of excuses and have to realise they will not be a threat in Brazil next summer.

Per Mertesacker won the game for the Germans but it could have been worse has Joe Hart not been back to his best.

Hodgson said: “I thought it was a harsh defeat but we needed better quality. The effort, the work rate and desire, I can’t fault at all.

“But in the time we had the ball in the German half, we weren’t as efficient as the Germans were when they had the ball in our half.

“The quality of our passing and shooting was not as good as the Germans and we paid the price for set-pieces.

“We knew set-pieces would be a danger, they had some big players and we were a small team tonight.”

Hodgson reckons the last two defeats have been a positive exercise after using a lot of players as he gathers his thoughts ahead of the summer.

He added: We’ve learnt a lot, positively on some occasions and on others negatively, but I’m rather disappointed that people have come to watch us in these two games and we’ve not been able to send them home with a good result.”

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