Sunday 23 October 2016

Hodgson confident England will fill Wembley for qualifiers

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has no fears about filling Wembley for England's World Cup qualifiers - so long as the national team play good football.

The Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying draw saw England paired with Scotland in Group F - but apart from the home nations' clashes the other opponents are less than glamorous: Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

Hodgson insists all the England games can be a big attraction to fans - as was the case when the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia in November drew a crowd of more than 82,000. That was good news for the Football Association's coffers after the previous month the qualifier against San Marino saw a record low for a competitive game at the new Wembley of 55,990 spectators.

Hodgson, who is anticipating a "fanatic" atmosphere for the Scotland games, said: "No, there will be no issue. Wembley will be filled if the qualifying group is in any way tight and it will certainly be filled if the England team is playing good football."

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