England boss Roy Hodgson has refused to join those condemning San Marino
Roy Hodgson says it is up to UEFA to decide on the continued involvement of the likes of San Marino in qualifiers.
Last Updated: 14/10/12 8:50am
The whipping boys of European football, San Marino offered little resistance as they were beaten 5-0 by England in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday.
Since becoming a member of FIFA in 1990, San Marino have won just once, against Liechtenstein in 2004.
Calls for their like to be pulled from competitive international football have intensified, but Hodgson has refused to join those keen to see a more level playing field implemented.
"It's up to UEFA and FIFA to decide which countries are allowed into their competitions," he said.
"San Marino have been in the Euros and the World Cup for some years.
"They play the way they play and do the best they can with the resources they have. We knew it was going to be attack versus defence.
"But I watched their matches against Montenegro and Moldova and it was a lot less attack against defence than our game.
"We can't accuse them of playing a dirty game of football.
"There weren't too many vicious fouls. There was one, which is the one which bothers us.
"But I wouldn't suggest they shouldn't be allowed in the competition."
For now, Hodgson is looking to take the positives from a one-sided victory, with confidence high heading into a midweek encounter in Poland which could see the Three Lions take a stranglehold on top spot in Group H.
"I go away satisfied with the week," he said.
"We've opened St George's Park, entertained the crowd and scored five goals. And also Ukraine's result means we clawed back the two points we lost against them at Wembley last month."