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Football: Hodgson lets rip at England critics after lacklustre friendly victory over Norway

Published on Sep 5, 2014 6:15 AM
England manager Roy Hodgson attends a news conference at their team hotel in Watford, north of London on Sept 2, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON, (AFP) - England manager Roy Hodgson lost his temper and swore during a briefing with journalists after being questioned about his side's lacklustre friendly victory over Norway.

A penalty by new captain Wayne Rooney gave England a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, but it was one of only two shots on target that Hodgson's side registered over the course of the game.

A record low crowd for the new Wembley of 40,181 saw England toil in their first game since their group-stage exit at the World Cup, and Hodgson snapped when he was asked to explain his side's shortcomings.

"The bottom line is this: before the World Cup we're getting 75,000, 80,000 people to see us play Peru, who, with respect, were nowhere near as difficult an opponent as we have played tonight (Wednesday)," he said.

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