VIDEO: Hodgson demands better quality from England

Joe Hart dives, but cannot stop the header from Per Mertesacker (right).
Joe Hart dives, but cannot stop the header from Per Mertesacker (right).
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England manager Roy Hodgson was “rather disappointed” after a second successive home defeat and admitted more quality is needed if his side are to compete with the likes of Germany.

Joachim Low’s men won 1-0 at Wembley thanks to Per Mertesacker’s towering header, adding to England’s 2-0 setback against Chile on Friday.

It is the first time England have suffered successive Wembley defeats for the first time in 36 years.

Hodgson said: “I thought it was a harsh defeat, but we needed better quality.

“The effort, the work rate and desire, I can’t fault at all.

“But in the time we had the ball in the German half, we weren’t as efficient as the Germans were when they had the ball in our half.

“The quality of our passing and shooting was not as good as the Germans and we paid the price for set-pieces.

“We knew set-pieces would be a danger, they had some big players and we were a small team tonight.”

Reflecting on the two games, though, he added: “We’ve used a lot of players and I think it’s been a positive exercise.

“We’ve learnt a lot, positively on some occasions and on others negatively, but I’m rather disappointed that people have come to watch us in these two games and we’ve not been able to send them home with a good result.”

One of the few bright spots was the performance of Joe Hart, who made several fine saves after making his first start in more than three weeks.

Defender Phil Jagielka said: “I’ve backed Joe all the time, all the players have backed Joe all the time.

“He’s been in for some criticism, some of it a little bit harsh. But Joe’s a big boy and that’s the only way he can prove his critics wrong by making some fantastic saves.”

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