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England manager Hodgson has hit back at criticism from Lineker over the performance in the 0-0 draw in Ukraine, reports Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph among others on Thursday.
The former striker, who is England's second-highest goalscorer and played in the 1990 World Cup semifinal, highlighted the inaccurate passing of the national team in Kiev, as Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror reported.
However, during the match itself, the former Everton and Barcelona forward used his official Twitter feed (@GaryLineker) to call the display "awful" and questioned the decision to leave Michael Carrick on the bench, says Lipton.
The former striker has now deleted some of his comments, claim reports, but Hodgson was left unimpressed by Lineker's comments, despite the 'Match of the Day' presenter back-tracking on his criticism on Wednesday.
I’m surprised anyone who has played for England, captained England and played in games of this nature can be that critical.
This is the second time he’s done it. My disappointment would be that I saw Gary Lineker play, I remember him captaining the team and playing some great games for England.
But I’m pretty sure he played in some games when it wasn’t that easy and I don’t think every game he played for England was a total success.
Lipton also reports that England's 0-0 draw in Kiev could effect their seeding hopes if they qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals.