Football

Published: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 10:52:01 PM
Updated: Sunday June 8, 2014 MYT 10:53:24 PM

England land in Brazil, upbeat and undeterred

RIO DEIRO (Reuters) - England's World Cup squad touched down in Brazil on Sunday, undeterred by a toothless display against Honduras in Miami just hours earlier.

England had been short on ideas and simply unable to break down the Hondurans in a 0-0 stalemate at the Sun Life stadium.

But arriving in Rio de Janeiro manager Roy Hodgson told Reuters the horror show had already been forgotten.

"Last night's game doesn't really feature very much in my plans at all," he said at the airport.

"It was the sort of game that really is extremely frustrating as a coach. We realise that those games can happen in your life from time to time but you immediately dismiss them.

"They don't do any harm but they don't help you make decisions either."

Hodgson said the spirit in the camp was good as England look to their opening Group D clash with Italy in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus on Saturday.

"The team spirit is very, very good. It's been good since the moment we met up in Portugal," Hodgson said.

"We've always had our focus of course on the day when we would arrive in Brazil, and perhaps even more focus on Manaus.

"But now we've got a full week to prepare here and that will be very useful to us because we need to acclimatise to the conditions.

"Now we have one further week to make certain that when we kick off in Manaus we will be 100 percent."

Brazil start the World Cup with an opening Group A match against Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday.

(Writing by Ossian Shine, Editing by Ken Ferris)

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