Roy Hodgson praises England after 2-2 draw with Brazil
The England team had their critics after Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland, although it was all change on Sunday evening after the Three Lions claimed a 2-2 scoreline in the revamped Maracanã.
June 3rd, 2013
Roy Hodgson described the result as a “coming of age”, with England recovering from a goal down to storm into a 2-1 lead thanks to goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney.
Brazil were in the ascendancy for the first hour of the match, with Fred opening the scoring for the south American side although Oxlade-Chamberlain’s second-half appearance turned the game on its head, with Hodgson singling out the Arsenal man for special praise.
“We started the second half much better. In the first half we were far too cautious. It was understandable because it was a different pitch to the type we’re used to. It was a big pitch and hot, versus an exceptional team, but I was disappointed we didn’t move the ball quicker and play the football we can do,” Hodgson said.
“In the second half we were every bit as good as them and we take lot of credit for that. Most teams, managers and coaches know that when you come to Brazil they will have more of the ball and create more chances. The question is if you can deal with it and come away with a result, and that’s what we have done.”
A wonder strike from Paulinho ensured it was honours even in the match, with England’s prospects of doing well at the 2014 World Cup now looking rosy.