England in commanding position, states Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has said that Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Slovenia has put his side in a very strong position in their Euro 2016 qualifying group, thefa.com has reported.

The first half at Wembley was a dismal affair, with neither team managing a shot on target, but the game came to life somewhat after the break when Slovenia took a surprise lead thanks to an own goal from Jordan Henderson, who flicked a header past Joe Hart from a free-kick played dangerously into the penalty area.

However, it took England only seconds to respond as Wayne Rooney won and then powerfully converted a penalty to level matters on his 100th cap, before Danny Welbeck put the game beyond Slovenia by scuffing a shot into the net following pinball in the box, and then finishing neatly after a one-two with Raheem Sterling.

The result saw England go six points clear at the top of Group E after four games each, and afterwards Hodgson said: “It was never going to be an easy game because they were disciplined and well organised and we didn’t create a lot of chances.

“When we went a goal down it was important we came straight back and we did that. In the end it was a very good victory. We have beaten Switzerland away and Slovenia at home and we are in a good position.”

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