England bosses furious with Roy Hodgson after Slovakia draw

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Football Association bosses are furious with England manager Roy Hodgson after his gamble against Slovakia backfired.

Hodgson made six changes to his England line-up for the final Group B game, in which a win was needed to seal top spot and, therefore, an easier game in the Round of 16.

But the chopped and changed England XI could not break down a stubborn Slovakia side and the game petered out to a 0-0 stalemate. Meanwhile, Wales thrashed Russia 3-0 to seal the top spot and will face a third-placed team in the next round.


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According to The Express, FA chief Gregg Dyke has been left unamused by what he considered to be a needless gamble on both England's chances in the tournament and Hodgson's future.

Indeed, Dyke told Hodgson that he will only be guaranteed a new England contract if they reach the semi-final of the competition but finishing second makes that less than likely to happen.

Tough draw

England are now placed on a side of a draw that includes France, Germany, Spain and Italy while Wales could conceivably make it to the final four without facing one of the so-called elite countries.

The Three Lions are likely to meet hosts France in the quarter-final while there is a chance they will have to face Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in the next round. Needless to say, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane will have to be at their very best to keep Hodgson in the job.

Rooney admission

And the omission that caused the most consternation is that of captain Rooney. The Manchester United star had been England's best player against Russia and Wales and had declared his desire to start against Slovakia.

However, Hodgson opted to rest him in favour of Jack Wilshere, who subsequently failed to have any sort of positive impact on the game. There was also criticism for Daniel Sturridge and Jamie Vardy, who started in favour of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling respectively.

No regrets

"I never have regrets after results if the team has played well. I don't honestly believe that any players I could have put out there would have played a lot different from those who started the game."

That is what Hodgson defiantly exclaimed after the game but the same report by Paul Joyce says the veteran coach was privately devastated by the team's failure to top the group. He knows he now faces an uphill battle to earn himself a stay of execution.

There is a chance, however, that they could escape a difficult draw in the next round with Hungary, Iceland and Austria all possible opponents. Group F concludes on Wednesday evening and England will have technical scouts present at both games.

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