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Is Roy Hodgson the right man for England?

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Hodgson has impressed since taking the role. (©GettyImages)
Hodgson has impressed since taking the role. (©GettyImages).

After a very disappointing result and utterly drab match against the Republic of Ireland, many have started to question whether Roy Hodgson is able to get the best out of the England team. 

If the team's most recent performance is anything to go by he is certainly not.

When Hodgson was first appointed as England boss it was clear what we were going to get an organised team built around a solid defence. We can rely on him to provide us with that but he offers little in terms of an attacking threat. 

We have a wealth of attacking options and our offensive unit is full of pace with the likes of Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge, but we always seem to be lacklustre in attack. 

Having said that, our defence is very solid. Our defence was imperious on Wednesday - apart from one small error by Glen Johnson - and much of the credit for that can go to Hodgson.

Sweden are the only top side to have conceded three goals to a Hodgson England team and that shows that our national side are short of firepower under the former West Brom boss. 

England possess some of the best attackers in world football such as Wayne Rooney but somehow it doesn't come to fruition for England.

Linked with this lack of attacking quality come accusations of boring football as many deemed the performance against Ireland. 

All romantics of the game will be left wanting more entertaining football at the end of every game as our style is much more pragmatic than other nations. 

Hodgson is not the man to deliver this attractive football and for those fans who enjoy watching England but don't care about the result, the same way they do about their clubs, he is a negative manager. 

The boring football would be bearable if the Three Lions were winning games but that is not happening either. 

However it's unfair to divert all the blame onto Hodgson as the players themselves need to show more commitment and desire. It was clear that against Ireland as with all post-season friendlies, the players wanted to be on the beach and their hearts weren't in the game. 

That is understandable but it is up to the coaching staff to motivate the players or pick players that are already motivated to avoid such a seemingly pointless affair.

Looking to the future, Hodgson has done well to begin integrating youngsters such as Raheem Sterling, Wilfried Zaha and Carl Jenkinson into the team. 

He's also found a young core of players whom he picks regularly such as Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, which should give the team stability in the future.

Taking everything into account, Hodgson has done a good job. He came into the role amid rumours of in-fighting and has managed to put in place strong foundations for the future. 

He has built the team from the back and has introduced youngsters into the first team set up. 

He now has to work on the attack to ensure the team is complete. If he can improve the attack, we may be looking at a successful future under Hodgson.

 

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