"We have not won as many tournaments as we should have done. We all feel that weight," he said.
"There is nothing we can do to take that weight from our shoulders, except to embrace Euro 2012 and make certain we are not afraid of it.
"We have to believe in ourselves and the players should go out as they do every week in the Premier League in similarly pressurised situations playing in front of 50, 60, 70,000 fans with quite a lot of expectation and weight on their shoulders."
Despite having only 40 days to prepare England to confront Laurent Blanc's side, Hodgson was in cautiously optimistic mood as he faced the world's media in Ukraine.
Phil McNultyChief football writer, BBC Sport
"Only time will tell, but early impressions suggest Hodgson has already forged a tight-knit group able to ignore the outside influences of the continuing debate about Rio Ferdinand's non-selection"
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