England manager Roy Hodgson has said that his side will have learned a lesson after going down 2-0 to Chile in Friday’s international friendly at Wembley, BBC
Two goals from Alexis Sanchez gave Chile the victory and condemned Hodgson to his first defeat at Wembley since he took charge back in May 2012. At the final whistle, there were some boos for the home crowd, after an experimental team selection, including debuts for Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster, failed to result in many chances being created.
And Hodgson admitted that England were given a valuable lesson by the South American team, who are ranked 12th in the world. He said: “There were good lessons for us to learn. We gave players a chance to play for England. I can’t talk away or explain away a defeat which I thought came to a Chile side who played very well. It’s not all doom and gloom. It’s how you deal with defeats and we’ll retain a sense of perspective.”
Hodgson went on to discuss the performance of the three England debutants, adding: “Forster didn’t have to make many saves but made quite a good one in the first half. He was chanceless for both of the goals.
“I thought Adam Lallana did well in a debut match against such good opposition and I thought it was a very big ask for Rodriguez to play in that position, but I have so many wide players injured that his debut maybe came a bit earlier than he would have liked against opposition that was maybe a bit stronger than he would have liked. I am certainly not disappointed with any of them.”
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