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Hodgson unhappy with Welbeck suspension

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Roy Hodgson believes that Danny Welbeck's yellow card took the shine off the fine England performance in their 4-0 win against Moldova in the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, according to BBC.

Hodgson was left fuming after the referee booked Welbeck for kicking the ball after the whistle was blown, thus rendering him unavailable for England's trip to Kiev in their crucial encounter against Ukraine.

England are already without Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll because of injuries and now have only Rickie Lambert and Jermain Defoe as their designated strike options.

Welbeck was booked in the game against Montenegro, which the manager believes should have been a penalty instead, and so the Manchester United striker has been handed a one-game ban after his unfortunate booking on Friday.

Hodgson says that the ban has definitely given him a headache: "The thing that is a major, major negative is, after losing two centre-forwards of great quality, I have now lost a third one for a second booking," Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 live.

"For the first one against Montenegro, when we should have had a penalty, he was accused of diving.

"For the second one, he has had a shot after a great run and the referee has said he is wasting time. It was more than harsh.

"I really find it hard to think that there is anyone out there who will look at that and say they understand it was a correct decision."

Sturridge may get fit for the qualifier, but in his absence Hodgson may have to employ different strategies to ensure they return with maximum points from Kiev.

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