Hodgson: Victory our only aim
England will not let the play-offs distract them from automatic World Cup qualification against Poland on Tuesday, coach Roy Hodgson insists.
Hodgson's side will be assured of a place at Brazil 2014 if they follow Friday's 4-1 win over Montenegro with another triumph at Wembley, but a draw or defeat would open the door for second-placed Ukraine, who are just a point behind and take on a San Marino side beaten in every game so far.
If England slip up they would face one of the other seven best runners-up from the European qualifying groups in a two-legged play-off but Hodgson refused to contemplate anything other than victory.
"No, I don't think the play-offs will ease any fears over qualification," Hodgson said.
"I'm not thinking of the play-offs. This is a game we want to win. I don't think I will be satisfied if we don't win.
"This is our game, our stadium, our fans, and we're pretty sure we're going to win - that's how we are approaching the game."
It is almost exactly 40 years since the Three Lions last needed to beat Poland in a make-or-break World Cup qualifier, Jan Domarski's goal in a 1-1 draw infamously preventing England from qualifying for the 1974 World Cup finals.
"History is important in politics but when it comes to sport, every game's a new game," he added.
"Each Poland team that's played England is different so we're concentrating on our job."
Hodgson accepted that an increased ticket allocation that could see a fifth of Wembley filled by opposition fans may help Poland, but said understood the reasons behind the decision.
"I presume it will lift Poland but there are a lot of Polish people living in this country and I understand the FA was virtually forced into this situation because of concerns over safety problems with the infiltration of Polish fans into the English fans.
"Our players are pretty used to playing in matches where the opponents have a large number of fans, but I think 65-70,000 versus 20,000 is a pretty good margin for us and if our fans get behind us like they've done before I don't fear that."