Roy Hodgson believes England’s 2-2 draw with Brazil shows his side are in good shape ahead of the crucial next round of World Cup qualifiers, Sky
Brazil had the better of the first-half but England improved after the break, particularly when Fred gave the home side the lead. England responded with two goals – from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney – before Paulinho drew the hosts level with eight minutes to play.
Hodgson feels that the Three Lions are close to being good enough to win matches against the calibre of opposition provided by Brazil. He said: “We’re a work in progress. We face stiff opposition and have a lot of work to do before we can think about 2014. But I am very confident we can and games like this increase confidence and make us even more determined to be part of the party the World Cup will be.”
The 2014 World Cup is to be held in the South American country and England are currently second in qualification group H, behind Montenegro. Poland and Ukraine are on England’s coattails and have both played a game fewer, meaning England have to beat both countries when they meet in the autumn.
Hodgson added: “I do think we were well worthy of the draw. I was delighted with how we kept ourselves in the game and didn’t capitulate despite them being clearly better than us in the first-half. In the second-half we were every bit as good and we should take lot of credit for that.”
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