England manager Roy Hodgson admits a lot was on the line for his side when they took on Montenegro in a World Cup qualifying match on Friday night and he is proud of the performance his boys put out.
After a cagey first half, which ended 0-0, England eventually ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in their Group H qualifying match thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, an own goal from Boskovic, a first international goal for debutant Andros Townsend and a strike from Daniel Sturridge.
The win sees England at the top of their qualifying group and still with a chance of reaching Brazil next year.
Speaking after the match, the England Manager was full of praise for his players, citing the importance of the first goal and saying the team did the nation proud.
“I think they made the country proud,” said Hodgson.
“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.
“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,” added Hodgson.
“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.”
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