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

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

No concerns over Steven Gerrard, says Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers remains confident that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will continue to deliver at the highest level.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest injury comeback.

Premier League: Brendan Rodgers says Mario Balotelli is a 'good guy'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is enjoying working with Mario Balotelli.

Mail Box

Will Rodgers Finally Drop Gerrard?

The mailbox wants to know if Brendan Rodgers has the stones to drop Steven Gerrard. Plus, thoughts on Wayne Rooney's display, sitting down, and thanking United fans...

Clattenburg And Assistants Should Be Suspended

It's a Mailbox containing Manchester United fans taking defeat to Leicester pretty well, plus some long thoughts on Gerrard and Liverpool, plus Southampton congratulations...

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