In an exclusive with FATV, England manager Roy Hodgson has looked back over a tough qualifying campaign for his side, reserving praise his players.

The Three Lion's sealed their spot in Brazil with a 2-0 victory over Poland on Tuesday night and Hodgson was evidently delighted as he prepares to lead his country into a World Cup.

Congratulated on what he'd achieved, Hodgson said: "It's not me that's done the job. I'd like to think that I, and particularly my staff... we've played our part and helped along the way but the important thing is the players. They've been fantastic all along."

He added: "It's been a tough campaign, we've found ourselves in a particularly tough group with three other teams who could have quite easily got into the top two sports.

"It's been a battle for us but i'm delighted that we've done it and i'm also very pleased with the manner in which we've done it."

England finished the campaign unbeaten, earning a respectable 22 points from their 10 fixtures ,with an incredible +27 goal difference.

Alluring to this, Hodgson said: "To go 10 matches (unbeaten) in a qualifying campaign for a World Cup is always going to be very difficult.

"31 goals scored and four conceded, that's a great record and I think only a couple of teams matched that."

Hodgson's men pipped second-placed Ukraine by just a point and Hodgson was delighted with the way his team performed towards the end of the campaign, saying: "To take 10 points out of the last 12 was a good performance. It was particularly important because Ukraine didn't let up."

Nerves began to grow when England only managed a draw in Ukraine but the boss was happy with that result with just two fixtures remaining, he said: "We gave a good performance, got out 0-0 and that put it back into our hands whereby we know if we could played well at Wembley in those two games we could qualify."

Having beaten Montenegro 4-1, England then defeated Poland 2-0, thanks in part to a very late goal from captain, Steven Gerrard.

Hodgson said: "That was a feeling of great relief. All the time you're 1-0 up... until that second goal goes in you can't really relax.

"At 2-0, especially so late in the game... it meant that as far as we were concerned it was job done."

66-year-old Hodgson saved his final words for the fans, saying: "I'm sure we'll do our level best to give them something to feel proud about.

"Wherever we've gone, and we've had some fairly long journeys...all the ones that have gone out there have supported us brilliantly.

"We certainly felt in the last two games the support was really palpable. Our fans stepped up and made sure we weren't dominated by the away support in any way, shape or form." 

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