England manager Roy Hodgson insists his target remains winning the World Cup in Brazil next year, after the national side were set a target of winning the 2022 competition by new Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.
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."