England's manager Roy Hodgson (C) is pictured during a team training session at St George's Park in central England, on September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO/LINDSEY PARNABY
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The memory of the opening 45 minutes of England's brief World Cup adventure in steamy Brazil when Roy Hodgson's young cavaliers tore into Italy with joyful abandon now seems like a figment of the imagination.The long period of goodwill Hodgson has enjoyed hitherto in his reign appears to be running out, however.From the all-out attack against Italy, Hodgson's side were hesitant in possession and lacking rhythm while the manager himself appears to have gone on the defensive, both tactically and with his spiky demeanor.All is not lost for Hodgson but the warning signs are there after a meager seven wins from their last 18 matches – a run that has seen them drop to 20th in the FIFA world rankings.Another poor performance against ninth-ranked Switzerland Monday would give plenty more ammunition to the snipers and leave Hodgson facing his first real crisis since taking over from the unloved Capello shortly before the Euro 2012 finals.
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