Originally written on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 11/6/14
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There was a moment after England 's tie away to Ukraine in its last World Cup qualifier that seemed to sum up the whole problem of international football, and perhaps also the problem with Roy Hodgson. Before the game, the consensus had been that a tie would be a good result. Ukraine had won its previous four matches and was on a roll, and a point would leave England still in control of Group H , its destiny still in its own hands. England achieved that. It frustrated Ukraine so entirely that, one very good early shout for a penalty aside, it never looked like scoring. Until Frank Lampard put a header narrowly wide in the final seconds, neither did England, but that wasn't the point. Hodgson had set up to frustrate Ukraine and kill the game and in that aim he had been undeniably successful. He came in to the postgame press-conference with a smile in his eye, clearly expecting to be lauded for a job well done, perhaps even ready to expand on his tactical plans: pushing Rickie Lamber...
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