Football: Hodgson mounts defence of lacklustre England
KIEV (AFP) - England manager Roy Hodgson defended his side against criticism from former national team captain Gary Lineker after their lacklustre 0-0 draw against Ukraine in World Cup qualifying.
The result sent England a point clear at the top of European qualifying Group H with two games remaining, but they were wasteful in possession and looked short of ideas at Kiev's Olympic Stadium.
Lineker, who is now a television presenter, criticised Hodgson's team via Twitter on several occasions during Tuesday's game.
The 52-year-old former striker, who is his country's second all-time leading scorer, branded England's display "awful" and said Hodgson's players "pass it like they've never been introduced to each other".