Football: Hodgson says England must take the heat
RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - England coach Roy Hodgson said on Monday, Feb 17, 2014, his side would have to rise above the World Cup heat when they tackle Italy in the Amazonian heat of Manaus on June 14.
Hodgson was pilloried in the Brazilian media and by Manaus politicians when he suggested before last December's World Cup draw that the city was the venue he wanted to avoid.
Since then, the former Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and Switzerland coach has managed to rebuild diplomatic bridges, penning a letter to mayor Arthur Virgilio stressing the trip will be a "highlight" for Team England.
Having poured soothing ointment on troubled diplomatic waters Hodgson said England now had to ensure their World Cup campaign gets off to a solid start, heat or no heat.