England boss Roy Hodgson has hit out at the doubters who have questioned him right the way through the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Hodgson's side are on the verge of qualifying for Brazil, knowing that a win on Tuesday will take them to next years World Cup finals.

England are unbeaten in the campaign, however apart from the win against Montenegro on Friday, they have only drawn with all their main competitors.

Hodgson believes the factor of not being beaten means he has been very successful throughout the campaign.

"I've been coaching for 38 years, I've been being labelled as this coach or that coach for 38 years, so I can certainly stand it for a couple more, so people can say what they want.

"We try and work hard with our teams. We try and make certain they are well coached and well prepared, well organised when they go on the field.

"I think our nine games without defeat [in the qualifying campaign] and our 29 goals scored with four against is a good record.

"It's a big day for me on Tuesday night because if we do win it will be 40 qualifiers with four defeats. And that is not too bad."

But this wasn't the only swipe aimed by Hodgson, with the Montenegro FA president Dejan Savicevic next on the list after he claimed England players only played for themselves and not their country.

Nonetheless Hodgson believes that his side proved Savicevic wrong after the 4-1 drubbing of Montenegro on Friday.

"I was irritated in Montenegro with [Montenegro president] Dejan Savicevic, who suggested to me that England players just play for themselves, they don't care about the shirt, whereas 'we Montenegrins throw ourselves into everything.

"He might be changing his opinion after watching us swarm all over his players. Every time we lost the ball, we got it back very quickly.

"I didn't say anything to him, but now I've just taken a cheap shot!" added an avenged Hodgson.

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