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Mr. Hodgson, there is a difference between making a bold and a stupid decision

For all their good play and attractive football, England suffered a last minute setback against Russia, much to the disappointment of the traveling fans. Three Lions started the game brightly with couple of early chances in the first half and it followed until Eric Dier’s sublime free kick goal.

Then came the defining moments in the game with Roy Hodgson tried to earn extra plaudit for being the England manager as he made two substitutions which changed the game completely. Until that moment, Wayne Rooney was arguably England’s best player but Hodgson took him off in favour of Jack Wilshere.

At the time, it seemed like Hodgson was trying to send across a message to the England camp that no player is indispensable and everyone must fight for their place in the team. While it made some sense, then he went ahead and brought on James Milner by taking off Raheem Sterling.

With 1-0 up against a Russian side who do not have enough pace at the back, Hodgson took off his key threat of counterattack. Minutes before the substitutions, Sterling ran almost 40-50 yards to stretch entire Russia’s defense in an instance.

While it may seem as if these two were the only blunders Hodgson made on the night, but it was more about what the England manager failed to do when he had the chance. Anyone who watched the game could see how England lacked pace and sharpness going forward after the hour mark.

Harry Kane was not making his trademark runs in behind the defenders and unlike the first half when Rooney had the ball and wanted to pick someone out, there was no one who was prepared to offer themselves.

That is where England could have done with either Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford or even Daniel Sturridge’s ability to break the deadlock. YES, England were bright throughout the game but Roy Hodgson’s incapability of making the bold calls led Three Lions to be only content with just one point when they surely deserved more.

The England manager must realize that there is a very thin line between being bold and being stupid and I am afraid, Hodgson chose the latter of the two options and saw his team kick-start their campaign with an unsatisfactory draw instead of a resounding win.

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