Hodgson feels loved by England fans again

Roy Hodgson believes England are starting to regain the backing of the supporters following a dismal World Cup campaign, reports the Express.

The England boss believes the fact his side are set to face Slovenia this afternoon in front of a sell out 88,000 crowd at Wembely indicates the supporters are starting to back the side once again.

He said: “I’ve always thought our support is fantastic, even in the bad times. Had we chosen an opponent other than Norway for the September friendly, we might have seen a bigger crowd: a Germany, Italy or Spain. There were mitigating circumstances.

“But I’d also like to think the last few performances have been encouraging for people in the street. The only way to keep that going is to play well. We know what we want to do, and how we want to play. We have to keep that going.”

The attendance of 40, 181 for the Norway game was the lowest for an England match at the new Wembley, whilst the last qualifier against San Marino attracted just 55, 990.

England have won all four of their qualifying matches so far, and sit comfortably on top of their group heading into this afternoon’s clash with Slovenia.