England’s Hodgson content with Republic of Ireland draw

Roy Hodgson was happy with the way his England side performed in Wednesday night’s international friendly with Republic of Ireland.

Roy Hodgson was happy with the way his England side performed in Wednesday night’s international friendly with Republic of Ireland.

Frank Lampard’s 23rd minute goal cancelled out Shane Long’s 13th minute opener as the Three Lions played out a 1-1 draw ahead of Sunday’s trip to Rio de Janeiro to meet Brazil.

However, Hodgson was buoyed after the match as he felt his side provided plenty of chances which should have given them a thoroughly deserved victory.

"I'm very pleased with our the second-half performance and really quite pleased with the performance throughout. We had sufficient dominance and sufficient goal chances to win the game," he said.

"We have to give a lot of credit to the Irish goalkeeper (David Forde) and the whole team for putting so much in to the game, they worked very, very hard to stop us.

"I can't complain about the way we went about our business, I'm just disappointed it ended in a draw and not a win.

"They scored a good goal on the one occasion they looked like they would score but most of the time they were working very hard to keep us at bay.

"There were a couple of chances for (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo (Walcott) where I thought it would be our night and we would get a deserved victory but it turned out as a draw.

"The important victories we need to get are the ones in the qualifying matches but certainly I'm a lot happier after this performance than the last one."

 
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