After England's sluggish 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley yesterday night, the manager of the Danish national team took a sly dig at Roy Hodgson's men.
Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal of the evening, in a game which left England fans still wondering whether their team have what it takes to go all the way to the final which is held at the Maracana in Rio on July 13 2014.
After struggling to break through the Danish's stubborn back line, chances were few and far between in the game, with the only notable attempts being Sterling missing a chance three yards in front of goal which clipped the post, and Rooney firing high on a free kick.
Their resistance was broken on the 82nd minute when substitute Adam Lallana found Sturridge with a neatly weighted cross which left the Liverpool striker with the easy task of heading past Kasper Schmeichel.
After answering questions at the news conference to the English media following his team's defeat, Morten Olsen ended by saying:
"I wish you good luck in the World Cup. You'll need it!"
Denmark themselves failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, unluckily so after being ranked as the worst team in the 2014 World Cup qualifying stages to finish second, so missed out on the play-off phase of the qualification.
Hodgson responded by saying:
“Every team will need good luck. We didn’t need it tonight, that’s for sure.”
“You couldn’t get me to say anything negative about any of the young players. At one stage we only had Gary Cahill, Joe Hart, Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard who would consider themselves seniors.
“The others were finding their way and yet we still didn’t give Denmark a sniff at our goal. That’s a positive thing. I wanted the young players to have a chance to get out there and play, and I’m sure Shaw and Lallana will go back to Southampton feeling very positive. Lallana was very good, very, very good.
“We’ve been building up over the last couple of years – it’s not Raheem’s first game, or Jordan Henderson’s, Adam Lallana’s, Chris Smalling’s, or Jack Wilshere’s. I’d just like to think these players will grow in confidence playing in the Premier League and for their club sides.
“I wanted a level of energy, players running back when they lost the ball, making tackles from the wrong side, not being afraid to make mistakes knowing with their pace they can recover. That’s what I did see and we put the icing on the cake with the goal to win it.”
Time is running out for Hodgson to decide on his 23-man squad for the tournament, with the deadline for that being the May 13. England take on Italy in their first game of the World Cup in Manaus on June 14.
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