Hodgson feels pride restored

Roy Hodgson believes his England side 'made the country proud' with their display in a crucial 4-1 win over Montenegro.

Last Updated: 12/10/13 at 10:13 Post Comment

The Three Lions headed into Friday's World Cup qualifying encounter at Wembley knowing that their fate rested in their own hands, but aware that any untimely slip-ups could be costly.

Nerves were obvious during a tense opening 45 minutes, but talisman Wayne Rooney provided the breakthrough shortly after half-time.

A reply from Montenegro which brought them back into the tie at 2-1 threatened to provide an unwelcome twist in the tale, but efforts from debutant Andros Townsend and the in-form Daniel Sturridge saw England secure a comprehensive success.

Victory ensures England remain top of Group H and guarantees a top-two finish, keeping them firmly on course for Brazil 2014, and Hodgson admits he could not have asked for much more from his troops heading into a crucial double-header which also includes a home date with Poland on Tuesday.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think they made the country proud.

"I think the way we worked so hard every time we lost the ball, we worked really hard to chase back and win it back again. And of course, luckily, we had some good attacking moments, even in the first half.

"We were up against a packed defence, but that opening goal was very important because it meant that they had to come out a little bit more and it opened the way for us to score some more."

On Rooney, who has now netted six times in this qualifying campaign, and Townsend, who was making his senior international bow, Hodgson added: "It was a good strike at goal (from Danny Welbeck in the build-up to the opener).

"The goalkeeper couldn't hold it and I was a bit concerned at one moment that the ball had slipped away from Wayne, but he did well to hook his left foot around it. That put us on the path, really.

"At 2-0 we had some fabulous opportunities to score a third goal - there must have been four or five really good opportunities where we were very close to scoring. And then suddenly we have the cold shower of that deflected goal.

"But fortunately for me tonight, fortunately for the nation and fortunately for Andros himself, he stepped up to the plate and scored a fantastic goal which gave us the chance to see the game out quite comfortably."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e doesn't need a caoch. He needs a bus. A bloody big one, that he can park across the goal line. And when he gets one, he can do us a favour and let us know where we can buy one from as well.

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: No defence coach

Y

ou are wrong Per, thats the right way the play. Its everyone elses' fault that it doesnt work.

delboy
Mertesacker urges style change

A

s it's panto season coming soon, let me be the first Oh yes you do

munchie
Rodgers: No defence coach

Footer 365

Premier League: Alexis Sanchez impresses Arsenal team-mates and opponents alike

Alexis Sanchez earned the plaudits after scoring both goals in Arsenal's 2-0 win over Sunderland.

Premier League: Swansea defeat Leicester 2-0 thanks to a Wilfried Bony brace

Wilfried Bony's brace helped Swansea seal their first win in six Premier League games with a 2-0 win against Leicester.

La Liga: Real Madrid come from behind to beat arch-rivals Barcelona

Real Madrid staged a stunning El Clasico fightback to overcome arch-rivals Barcelona 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu.

Mail Box

'Goals Like That Can Make You Pregnant'

Those being sniffy about Erik Lamela's rabona are given short shrift in the afternoon mailbox, where criticism of Brendan Rodgers is smashed out of the park...

Does David De Gea Need Competition?

It would certainly be a good idea to give Victor Valdes a contract, while we have more mails on Brendan Rodgers, Arsene Wenger, the rabona and mailbox gripes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property