Roy Hodgson has hit back at Gary Lineker saying he's surprised that anyone who's been in that position can be so critical.

Hodgson was talking to reporters after England's 0-0 draw and has said it's 'disappointing' that Lineker has chosen to speak out against England once again.

When asked about Lineker's comments, Hodgson said: "I'm surprised anyone who has played for England, captained England and played in games of this nature can be that critical.

"This is the second time. My disappointment would be that I saw Gary Lineker play, I remember him captaining the team and playing some great games for England but I'm also pretty sure he played in some games when it wasn't that easy and I don't think every game he played for England was a total success."

It was a tough game in Kiev but Hodgson was happy with the result due to most of his starting players withdraw or unavailable for selection due to injury.

"I try to placate most people but I'm afraid I've just seen a group of players missing seven first-team members beat Moldova 4-0 and come to Ukraine and draw 0-0. You can criticise us or praise us or do whatever you want to do but don't think you're going to put words into my mouth or get me agreeing with these opinions."

With just two games left and a one point lead in Group H, England are on a knife-edge with some fearing that they could miss the World Cup for the first time since 1994, when they missed out on going to Brazil 

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