England kick started their bid to secure a 2016 European Championship place on Monday night, with a 2-0 victory of group rivals, Switzerland.
The Three Lions dug out a performance that the 2,500 travelling England fans will have been proud of.
Many questions were asked over the English teams performance after their dull, un-inspiring 1-0 victory over Norway on the 3rd of September.
But the squad answered those questions with a performance that not only was patient, but at times skilful, free-flowing and fluid. Yes, it wasn't a perfect performance, but the positives significantly outweighed the negatives.
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Hodgson spoke to Sky Sports after the game regarding his teams performance.
He said: “I think every win is important and every game as England manager is unbelievably important.
“I think it is a very honoured and privileged position and every time I lead an England team out or an England player puts a shirt on, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing Switzerland away or San Marino at home, it’s a big occasion.
“I agree that this one had a special importance because we needed to play well and get a result against a team, strangely enough, ranked higher than us at the moment.
“We’ll take that with us, we’ll rejoice in that, but on the other hand, I’ll repeat it again, I think we have been building up to this type of performance over the course of two years.
“We have been changing our team and players over two years. We had the unfortunate kick in the teeth in Brazil, but it was no more than a kick in the teeth. We have been able to get over that, pick our teeth up, put them back in and go again.”
Importance of victory
Hodgson later went to speak about how important the opening round victory was.
He added: “I think it will give them a lot of confidence. I think this was an important one to play well in because some of the games we have coming up, especially at Wembley against lesser opposition, if players had played well in those games, there would be a tendency to say, ‘Wait until a big team comes along’.
“But here, I think Switzerland haven’t lost a qualifying match here since England beat them four years ago, so this was always going to be a tough ask. I thought the players stood up to it very, very well. We really got our rewards tonight.
“I thought even in the first half that we should be leading the game, we had a couple of very good chances early in the second half that we missed, but fortunately we took the one that really put is in the ascendancy and were able to aggravate the score at the end.”
Both the England goals were all down to decisive counter attacking from the front three trio of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling.
Arsenal new boy, Danny Welbeck, was on the receiving end of the Raheem Sterling cross to tap the ball home.
Welbeck rounded off the scoring after wriggling his way through to a one on one situation, the young striker kept his calm and confidently stroked the ball home.
Hodgson said of his attack: “That’s going to be a weapon for us going forward, the pace and the mobility of our players, the technical ability.
“But more than that tonight, I think you saw the unbelievable work rate and unbelievable togetherness of the team, people like Rooney, Welbeck chasing back to make certain we weren’t outnumbered.
“There are a lot of positives for me to take but we’re not getting carried away. It was a good result but we have a lot of work still to do and we are rather hoping that it will at least give these boys a bit of confidence that if we can come here and win, we can go to other big teams.”
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