Hodgson: We just want to give a good performance
Roy Hodgson was quick to dampen expectation, as he spoke to journalists ahead of the Group D match with Italy
The former Switzerland coach explained, "There is nothing that would please us more than to give a performance that has everyone saying 'this is terrific,' 'what a good England team'.
"There is tension, and without it, it would not be worthwhile. Games without it you do not remember but it's good tension. "
The England coach has one of the youngest squads in the tournament, with an average age of 26th However, the 66 year-old tactician has been quick to play down the anticipation surrounding his inexperienced players.
"They must show more form in an England shirt before they can be considered world beaters."
The Three Lions are hoping to better their 2010 performance, where they crashed out in the second round from Germany.