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England manager Roy Hodgson insists his target remains winning the World Cup in Brazil next year but acknowledged that his side were unlikely to be top of many bookmakers' lists to win the tournament.
The new FA chairman Greg Dyke yesterday highlighted the “frightening trend” of young players not getting the chance to play in the Premier League, before setting England the target of winning the 2022 World Cup.
Both Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard were reluctant to comment on Dyke’s speech, insisting their sole focus was on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers which could determine England’s qualification for the tournament.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s qualifier against Moldova, Hodgson said: I don't have any thoughts on that [Dyke's speech.]
I presume if you're going to give the speech he gave, it's quite intelligent to have some sort of targets.
"I just feel 2022 might be too far in the distance for me anyway.
"Let's first of all qualify and let's try to get better before Brazil comes around, and let's do our best to win it."
There has been a mixed response from football journalists to the target set by new FA chairman Greg Dyke for England to reach the Euro 2020 semi finals and win the 2022 World Cup:
The new FA chairman has highlighted what he described as a "frightening trend" of young English players who are not getting the chance to play in the Premier League.
Greg Dyke said the FA would be "letting the country and thousands of England fans down" if the problem was not remedied.
"English football is a tanker that needs turning," he added.
England have been set the target of winning the 2022 World Cup by new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.
Dyke, who was giving a wide-ranging speech to journalists at Millbank Tower, set the national team two tough tasks in the next ten years.
He said: "The two targets I have for the England team are - one, to at least reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020. Two, win the World Cup in 2022."