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England cruise in Euro 2016 Qualifier – Coach Hodgson reacts

October 9, 2014 by  
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Euro 2016 qualifying Group E – England 5-0 San Marino

As Rooney scored a brace, England had no problem to pass the modest team of San Marino in front of 56,000 thousands at Wembley. Rooney scored his 42nd and 43rd international goals moving him closer to Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals. See the odds on Betfair for Estonia test.  The game will be played on Sunday.

Post-game reaction from Roy Hodgson – England coach:

I can’t fault the players for their application throughout the game and I’m really pleased we’ve got this game behind us.

“They’re never easy games to play but we’ve won it very comfortably and we’ve added five goals to our tally.”

“ It’s a job well done. The crowd were fantastic – they’ve had an enjoyable night and saw a lot of attacking football and saw five goals and there could’ve been a few more.

“In the first half of these games when a very fit and healthy team are getting 10 men behind the ball and giving you no space to play, that’s the time you’ve got to wear them down and keep plugging away.

“You’ve got to keep doing the right things knowing that if you do that and score one or two goals, in the second half it’s going to open up and you’ll get chances for lots and lots of goals.

“So the way the players approached it was very good and of course in the second half, as San Marino tired a bit more, our passing tempo was quicker and we created some very good chances and Jack Wilshere found some very good forward passes.”

“The thing that impressed me most in the game was the fact that at 5-0, on the one or two occasions we lost the ball, we had three or four players sprinting back to try and win back possession.

“That type of recovery run and desire – in a game you’ve wrapped up a long time ago – is a very commendable trait.”

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