Sportsdesk Comment with Daniel Gregory: Hodgson escapes a battering after Suarez strikes again

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Roy Hodgson will be thanking his lucky stars this week after his dismal effort with England at the World Cup was bizarrely overshadowed by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez’s bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini.

The actions of the Liverpool striker have totally taken the attention away from Hodgson’s total lack of tactical nous and direction after our awful efforts in Brazil.

England manager Roy Hodgson before the FIFA World Cup, Group D match at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: TuesdayJune 24, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation

England manager Roy Hodgson before the FIFA World Cup, Group D match at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: TuesdayJune 24, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. No commercial use. No use with any unofficial 3rd party logos. No manipulation of images. No video emulation

Hodgson is lucky to still be in a job, let alone be able to pick up a newspaper without his face being plastered all over it.

If Hodgson was a foreigner, he’d more than likely be taking a pasting from the red tops.

At what is proving to be an exciting, fast-paced World Cup with plenty of goals and attacking play, our string of young attacking prospects were stifled by Hodgson’s gameplan and we failed to press the ball even nearly enough in all three games.

If we genuinely want our young talents to prosper, we need to be giving Roy the boot and bringing in a manager with at least a shred of tactical nous and a genuine gameplan.

To be frank, Suarez needs two things.

Firstly, he needs to banned for a full season. He just doesn’t seem to be reacting to the disciplinary proceedings that have been brought against him in recent years.

And more importantly, I firmly believe the man needs evaluating by a medical professional.

The most worrying factor with all three Suarez bites (how bizarre does that sound?) is that he was unprovoked.

Surely there are deeper issues in play here that need to be explored before he can take to a football field again?

Looking from another angle, Liverpool FC and their manager Brendan Rodgers have been put in a very sticky position.

Rumours were rife that Suarez was set to join Barcelona this summer after they triggered a release clause in his contract.

Will they still want to take him now? And more importantly, will the club stand by him as they did after his incident with Patrice Evra?

It’s so easy to say that the club should distance themselves from Suarez, but he is their prized asset and money talks in the modern game.

It’s all good and well having morals, but at what cost to the club?

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