Let’s hope they don’t mess that one up, because the rest of the draw for World Cup 2010 Qualifying looks difficult:
Germany, Russia, Finland, Wales, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein
Wales are quite poor but can’t be as bad again as they were this time (and their under-21s had a hell of a result against France recently). It looks to be between Russia and Germany for the top two spots, and Finland will need some big performances to get between them.
According to this, Hodgson wants the Ireland job. Unsurprising really, as Finland need rebuilding and he’ll find it tough to match the performances he got this time without the senior players.