Lip readers will confirm the precise nature of what was said, but Hodgson wasn’t mincing words. And why not? This was as tense a victory as he will ever have experienced in his career.
England were down, close to out. Hodgson gambled like never before. On came a striker, then another, then a third. By the end, Hodgson had four of the five forwards he had selected in his squad on the field, with only the lacklustre starter, Harry Kane, missing out.