Hodgson still believes England will clinch World Cup place

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted he was disappointed his side let their lead slip away against Montenegro but believes the Three Lions can still qualify for next year’s World Cup, Sky Sports has reported.

Wayne Rooney put England in front early in the first-half with a header from a Steven Gerrard corner, but the hosts fought back after the break and equalised late in the game through Dejan Damjanovic. Hodgson conceded that Montenegro deserved at least a point from the fixture but added that England’s fate is still their own with a series of home fixtures to come in the autumn.

We knew it wasn’t going to be easy to win here so maybe we should accept the fact that, given we couldn’t maintain our level of performance through the 90 minutes, coming away with one point at least keeps us in control of the group,” Hodgson said.

The former Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom boss added: “We have an interesting period coming up. The group is still there to be won and still in our hands so we must make certain that when September and October come around we are in good shape.

We have three of the last four matches at home. We play our major rivals at home – so let’s see what we can do in the autumn.

England’s next World Cup qualification match sees Moldova visit Wembley in September, followed by a trip to Ukraine. The final two matches of the group have England hosting Montenegro and Poland in mid-October.

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