England coach Roy Hodgson said on Monday his side would have to rise above the World Cup heat when they tackle Italy in the Amazonian heat of Manaus on June 14.
Even in a nominal Brazilian winter, humidity in the Amazonian region can hit 95 percent and temperatures rise above 30 Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) but Hodgson noted the problem was the same for both teams.
“It is hot here, but World Cups are played in the summer. It was hot (in 2010) in South Africa and it was very hot in America in ‘94,” he reflected, having been coach of Switzerland at USA ‘94.
But “that is something you have to come to terms with,” Hodgson told the BBC after a trip up the River Amazon and a visit to the Amazonas Arena.AFP