Hodgson delighted with England victory over Brazil

England coach Roy Hodgson was delighted with his young players after victory over Brazil.

England coach Roy Hodgson was delighted with his young players after victory over Brazil.

It was Arsenal's 21-year-old Jack Wilshere who stole the headlines after a man-of-the-match performance on his seventh appearance for his country which oozed style.

Hodgson said: "I hope that gives them belief. We had quite a young team out there, with players 22 or younger. The man of the match (Wilshere) was 21. Theo Walcott is 22 and was a contender. It was a blend of youth and experience.

"There were also young players in Cleverley, (Danny) Welbeck, (Chris) Smalling. So it's nice they're blending with the experienced ones and seeing they're good enough to play in this team and win matches.

"The thing that pleased me the most was the character we showed after that dodgy spell at the start of the second half.

"They smelt a bit of blood, I thought we did well to survive that period and to get back on track and take control of the game again."

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