Sep 5, 2013; San Jose, COSTA RICA; General view of Nike soccer balls at United States training session at Estadio Nacional in advance of the FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Costa Rica. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

England manager says pressure is on

Today brings around another batch of World Cup Qualifying games and England takes on Ukraine. England is currently on top of Group H in UEFA’s qualifying ahead of their match with Ukraine, who is only one point behind. As England heads to Kiev for the game, their manager Roy Hodgson acknowledged that they were feeling pressure.

“Of course there is pressure,” Hodgson said. “We are getting closer to the situation where we are either going to achieve our goals and qualify for the World Cup or we are going to fail.

“You cannot get away from that, but what does discussing and admitting it do? What would you like me to say in answer to the question? ‘I don’t feel any pressure and I couldn’t care less’? Or: ‘I can’t sleep a wink and I’m frightened to death we are going to lose’?

“Fear does play a part in our lives. It plays a part in people’s lives outside football. If you’ve got ambition to do your job well, the fear that things might not go the way you’d want them to is always there.

“Sometimes you’ve got to be bold enough to trust in what you can do.”

They kick off at 2:45 ET Tuesday, September 10th.

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