England 0 Chile 2: Roy Hodgson makes no excuses for loss
England 0 Chile 2: Roy Hodgson is in no mood to make excuses after Alexis Sanchez scores twice at Wembley
Roy Hodgson was in no mood to make excuses after watching his England side stutter to a friendly defeat by Chile.
Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez headed in the opener after seven minutes at Wembley, before adding a second late on with a superb chipped finish.
The defeat brought England’s 10-game unbeaten run to an end, but Hodgson insisted that the fact that he had rested several key players should not be an excuse for the loss.
“The experimenting does not totally explain the result,” said Hodgson.
“We played against a very good team and from a goal down it was always going to be difficult.
“We came back into the game well but Chile knew how to take the sting out of the game. There were a lot of stoppages and to be frank Chile were the better team.
“We were unlucky to lose by two goals when pushing forward but we learned a lot tonight about our squad of players and what it’s like to play against South American opposition.”
Meanwhile, midfielder Frank Lampard, who captained the Three Lions as he earned his 100th England cap, reserved praise for England debutant Adam Lallana.
“He was lively and on another day he might have had two goals on his debut,” said Lampard, before insisting that England will be ready to face Germany on Tuesday.
“We didn’t need a reality check, we know that we are not on the moon and we are not terrible, we’re somewhere in the middle.
“We’ve got another game against top-class opposition on Tuesday and we have to do better.”