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Hodgson Offers Excuses

Following his side’s 2-0 loss to Chile in an International friendly on Friday night, England manager Roy Hodgson has lined up a list of excuses for the defeat.

The fans packed inside the Wembley stadium were visibly upset with the result, but Hodgson offered some explanation for the loss, citing inexperience as the main reason, and said his team would learn from their mistakes.

“We used a lot of players and debutants and players who haven't got many caps,” said Hodgson.

“Going a goal behind early meant we were on the back foot and always chasing the game against a team who were more than capable of keeping us at bay and keeping the ball.

“It would be harsh to make too many judgements on them (the debutants). They came into a team where a lot of people around them weren't that experienced if we take Frank Lampard out of the equation.

“Even our more experienced players would have found it difficult anyway because Chile were good and deserved to win.

“They (Chile) played excellently. We learned a lot about South American opposition and how good they are at sucking you towards their goalkeeper and then manage to ping 50-yard balls on to people's toes. That's one of the best displays of goalkeeper passing I've ever seen.

“It's important that having been knocked down they pick themselves up again. We have another big game on Tuesday night. There are lessons to be learned. We need to play better if we are going to beat top teams like Chile and Germany.”

Hodgson also refused to criticise the fans who voiced their dissatisfaction by booing after the game had ended.

“That's part of the game today,” added Hodgson.

“Fans don't accept defeats.

“I'm not prepared to criticise our fans. They've been fantastic throughout. They were obviously disappointed tonight that we couldn't keep our momentum going and send them home with a victory, so they are entitled to show their frustration but I think they will have a reasonable amount of perspective about it all.”

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