I Won't Resign, Says Defiant England Boss Roy Hodgson

Updated: 20 June 2014 08:22 IST

England have suffered two crushing blows in the FIFA World Cup 2014. Despite staring at humiliation, coach Roy Hodgson says his disappointment does not mean he feels he should resign.

I Won't Resign, Says Defiant England Boss Roy Hodgson
Long walk to nowhere: Roy Hodgson says he does not feel the need for his resignation. © AFP

England boss Roy Hodgson on Thursday said he had no intention of resigning despite steering his team to the brink of their worst World Cup performance in 56 years.

But the "devastated" Hodgson conceded his employers the Football Association could rethink his position following his team's 2-1 loss to Uruguay. (Match report | Match highlights)

"I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no," 66-year-old Hodgson told British broadcaster ITV. "On the other hand, if the FA think I'm not the right man to do the job..."

Hodgson said Luis Suarez's late winner, his second goal of the night, was an "unbelievable blow" after England worked their back into the game with a Wayne Rooney equaliser.

"We believed we could do enough to get a result in this game. Having worked so hard to get back to 1-1 I believed we would go on to win the game or at least draw, so to concede the second goal is an unbelievable blow. I don't really know what to say at this time.

"We are more than disappointed, we're devastated." Hodgson said he was also taken aback by the manner of Uruguay's winner, which came when a speculative ball from defence skidded off Steven Gerrard's head and into the path of Suarez.

"It was a goal we don't expect to concede. Long goal kicks with the type of players we have in the team, we deal with them," Hodgson said.

England also lost their Group D opener 2-1 to Italy, leaving them relying on the Azzurri beating Costa Rica on Friday to keep their hopes alive in the competition.

Topics : Football
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