Former English FA chairman David Bernstein has said that manager Roy Hodgson should not be sacked from the job if England do not manage to make it into the 2014 World Cup. The possibility of England failing to qualify for this major tournament still exists because they are only in the second place in the group.

The team will be having an important World Cup qualifying match against Moldova on September 6. It could go a long way into deciding the future of national team. There are only a handful of World Cup qualifying matches left before the tournament begins.

England have already failed to qualify for a major tournament only recently. The failure to make it into the Euro 2008 resulted in manager Steve McClaren paying with his job. The same fate should not befall Hodgson, who was only appointed just before the Euro 2012, according to Bernstein.

Montenegro currently lead the World Cup qualifying table with 14 points, and they are two points ahead of England. However, they have played a match more than Montenegro. Ukraine still remain a major threat for England, as they are just one point behind them in the table with both teams having played a similar number of matches.

"I want Roy to develop players and get continuity over at least a four-year period. Not making Brazil would be a grave disappointment but I really hope Roy is able to see things through at least until the European Championship. It's really important that we have continuity and stability with the manager's position," said the former chairman of the English FA. Even though England are unbeaten in the last 10 matches under Hodgson, they have managed to win only five of those matches. England went out of the Euro 2012 in the quarter-final stage.