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Hodgson: England well worthy of the draw

Roy-HodgsonRoy Hodgson insisted his England side deserved their 2-2 draw against Brazil - a result secured by superb goals from Wayne Rooney and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the Maracana.

England survived a first-half mauling by Brazil, who had 30 shots - 20 at goal - while the visiting side managed eight in response, seven of which were on target.

Brazil had taken the lead through Fred, before England stunned the Maracana crowd to go 2-1 in front, before Paulinho’s outstanding volley levelled the scores.

Hodgson said: “The simple answer is that 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. The shot statistics weren’t raved about in Ireland game - the complaint was that we didn’t win.

“Most teams, managers and coaches know that when you come to Brazil and play them they will have more of 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 did.

“The clever money would have had us struggling to get any sort of result, not least because of the trip and being down to the bare bones with injuries.

“But we were desperate to give a good impression and finish the season on a positive note. I’m delighted that was what we did.”

Hodgson said he would love to return for the World Cup and be based in Rio but knows there are tough qualification games ahead.

England are currently second in Group H, two points off leaders Montenegro, who they must face at Wembley.

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.”

Tags: 2014 World Cup | brazil | england | Roy Hodgson

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