England tactics paid off, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that his decision to play attack-minded football and employ a diamond formation paid off as the Three Lions triumphed 2-0 in Switzerland, BBC Sport has reported.

The first half saw chances at both ends as Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones were denied, while Haris Seferovic had his effort saved by the legs of Joe Hart. The Swiss began the second period slightly on top, with Hart having to tip over a volley from Seferovic, but they were then caught on the counter attack by the pace of Raheem Sterling, who crossed for Danny Welbeck to turn the ball home.

Switzerland then looked to put significant pressure on England, who continued to look dangerous on the break. Substitute Josip Drmic rounded Hart but had his goal-bound shot turned behind by Gary Cahill, and as they continued to commit en forward, England capitalised as Welbeck made it two with a composed finish in stoppage time.

The result means England are already clear favourites to top Group E, and after the game Hodgson said: “It was a bold approach but we decided there was no point coming here for a 0-0, we want this team to progress. When we can counter-attack, the pace, energy and youth of the team is shown.”

“Yes the World Cup didn’t go our way, yes we have been disappointed – but we have been building up. We didn’t hit a brick wall and it was all wrong, we had to maintain faith that we are on the right track and we are getting the right players. It was so important to get a good start against the team who are our biggest rivals in the group.”

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