Dear Mr. Hodgson:
I read two articles from The Daily Mail and The London Evening Standard about England in the 2014 World Cup. You said that the Three Lions will practice once a day with the remaining time depending on the players.
You state that the players will not see their wives and children because they signed for a World Cup. You refused to accept boredom as an excuse saying that the players can listen to music, watch a DVD, or play golf.
In the end, you said that you are not responsible for keeping the English squad busy. The reasons may be secondary to not wanting an atmosphere where WAGS and family interfere with the players abilities in the World Cup.
You may not want the WAGS or family members to steal publicity from the English National team. While you may have your reasons and they deserve respect, I beg to differ.
What you are saying is a throwback to the World Cup 2002 in Korea/Japan when then manager Sven Goran Eriksson asked why players don’t read books. It is not enough to read books, watch DVD’s, listen to music, and play golf when a player has too much free time.
What about the prohibition on wife and children in Brazil? It is unhealthy to separate families during a World Cup with the players in South America and their families in Europe.
It lowers the morale and increases boredom within the squad. This is evident since the squad has to remain in certain areas to avoid the press and people.
It is in these circumstances that low morale and boredom contributes to losses and an early exit from Brazil. In an extreme, not everyone has the restraint of a Wayne Rooney especially if they are Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, and Ashley Young.
You must have read in the Daily Mail how Welbeck, Cleverley, and Young were spotted at a nightclub early morning in Manchester. Imagine a young player repeating that form of behavior in Brazil?
The tabloids would have a field day which would take away much needed attention from England. The result will be defeat and humiliation for England under your authority.
While the players will receive blame for the debacle, people in England will ask for a new manager. Everything that you and England worked for in four years will become like the Kansas song “Dust In The Wind”.
You deserve credit for selecting players on the basis of merit. It is hoped that you reconsider the ban on family for the sake of England’s possibilities in the World Cup.