England 0 Germany 1: Roy Hodgson bemoans ‘harsh’ defeat
England 0 Germany 1: Roy Hodgson reflects on a "harsh" defeat after watching his side stutter to back-to-back home losses
Roy Hodgson reflected on a “harsh” defeat by Germany after watching his England side slump to their second friendly loss in five days.
Per Mertesacker headed home Toni Kroos’s cross six minutes before half-time as the Three Lions stuttered to back-to-back Wembley losses for the first time in 36 years.
“It was a harsh defeat,” said Hodgson. “We needed better quality tonight.
“The effort, the work-rate the desire I can’t fault but for all the time we had the ball we weren’t as efficient as the Germans were.”
Despite enjoying plenty of possession, the closest Hodgson’s men came to drawing level was when Andros Townsend’s long-range effort struck the woodwork after half-time.
But Hodgson, whose side were beaten 2-0 by Chile on Friday, preferred to look for the positives as he continues to explore the options for his best side ahead of next summer’s World Cup.
“We had an awful of the play and some good movement but unfortunately the quality of our passing and shooting wasn’t as good as theirs,” he continued.
“But we used a lot of players during the game so it’s been a positive exercise.
“We learnt a lot both positively and negatively but I’m rather disappointed that so many people have come to watch us play in these last two games and haven’t sent them home happy with a good result.”