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Gerrard Praises Hodgson

England captain Steven Gerrard has hailed the selection choices of coach Roy Hodgson and commended him for his attacking options.

Hodgson went with three strikers in England’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Montenegro on Friday, playing the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and debutant Andros Townsend in an attacking line-up.

Gerrard has praised Hodgson’s tactics and applauded his teammates’ performances as well after a difficult first half in the Group H game.

“The players and manager took a bit of criticism after Ukraine (a boring 0-0 draw) and I thought his selection was very bold here.

“He went for three forwards and an out-and-out winger, and it paid off. Well done to him for his bravery.”

England only scored their first goal three minutes after the restart, courtesy of Wayne Rooney and Gerrard was happy his side persisted in search of the opener.

“We had to show a lot of patience, we knew Montenegro were going to come and defend deep, try to spoil the game and play for the draw,” added Gerrard.

“We showed patience and I thought we lifted it after half-time. Thankfully, we got the breakthrough early on in the second half, and I thought we won the game comfortably in the end.

“We didn't do a lot wrong in the first-half but, credit to Montenegro, they defended well.

“But we knew if we kept knocking on the door, the breakthrough would come. Credit to the lads, we've done exactly what was asked of us.”

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