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Roy Hodgson's tropical concerns for England's World Cup chances

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 by Dailystar.co.uk

ROY HODGSON last night declared: I’m the England Manager, Get Me Out Of Here!

RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE: Roy Hodgson is hoping to avoid playing in the more humid parts of Brazil

The Three Lions boss revealed he was desperate for his men to avoid playing in the jungle in Brazil next summer.

He admitted he was more worried about having to travel to Manaus – the capital of the state of Amazonas – than landing a top team like Argentina when the World Cup draw is made on Friday.

The city, in the north of Brazil, can see temperatures hit as high as 37C (99F) in June and July, when the tournament is held.

Humidity can also be a problem, with figures reaching 99 per cent saturation.

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Hodgson said: “The venues we play in worry me more than the opponents. There’s definitely going to be climatic conditions which will be problematic for teams, not least all the northern European sides.

“You have a bit better chance if you get one of the venues where the climate is kinder.

“The tropicality of Manaus is the problem. It is the place ideally to avoid and Porto Alegro is the place ideally to get.

“You always hope that the draw is going to be kind to you, in terms of where you are going to be asked to play. I’m more concerned, if anything, about the venues than the teams we draw.

“We don’t know how good Argentina are. We would all think, ‘Blimey, Argentina are strong’, but we don’t know that. They might be no stronger than Chile.”

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Argentina are currently ranked third in the world by FIFA, and have lost once in their last 16 games.

They also boast Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi – voted the world’s best player for the last three years.

Hodgson revealed he plans to give his players plenty of downtime before the tournament.

He said: “We will think about family time and giving them days off before training, rather than saying, ‘It’s May 12, give them a week off’ then say, ‘It’s May 19, you can forget about everything apart from the World Cup’.

“I would like everyone to get away from football completely for a week.

“Then when we get together for the first period of our training, they would have their families with them. Or they might train in the morning, then go home.”

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