England manager Roy Hodgson’s recent remarks could cause a stir as he told reporters that he could organize a pub team to stop former Premier League champions Manchester United, Daily Mail reports.

He claimed that if he was given six months to prepare, this pub team could actually halt the likes of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney from scoring a goal.

“You can organise a pub team not to let in six goals against Manchester United,”he said. “Give me six months and I’d organise them, if they had a half-decent goalkeeper and  a couple of centre halves who can get in the way of the ball.

“I consider myself to be in the same position as a lawyer,’ Hodgson added. ‘I studied to be a professional. I like to think that I’m good at my profession. Just as if I was to go to a lawyer, I’d go to someone who was good and really knows his job, even if I have to pay more.

“It’s nice for people to believe some managers are born with a magical quality to transform bad into good. I don’t. It’s about leadership, practice, repetition and bloody hard work.”

The England boss is currently in Vale do Lobo, Portugal, where they are preparing for the World Cup which is due to start in 22 days.