Hodgson: We deserved more

Roy Hodgson (Supplied)
Roy Hodgson (Supplied)
Cape Town - England romped to a 5-0 victory over San Marino at Wembley on Thursday, but manager Roy Hodgson feels they could have won by an even bigger margin.

The Three Lions were already 2-0 up at the break thanks to a Phil Jagielka header and Wayne Rooney's penalty, while Danny Welbeck and Andros Townsend added another two before Alessandro Della Valle netted an own goal.

Hodgson's men also saw Adam Lallana's effort disallowed after he was adjudged to have been off-side after deflecting Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's shot home, and while the boss felt that goal should have stood, he also believes they had plenty more chances to bulge the back of the net.

"I think could we have scored a lot more. I was disappointed the goal got chalked off, I thought that was a little bit harsh," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"I thought there were quite a few occasions where we were a little bit unlucky not to get more goals because we did play - especially in the second half - very much in their penalty area.

"But what pleased me most was that we kept trying to do the right things right throughout the game and even right at the end when we were leading 5-0 and lost the ball, I thought the recovery runs were fantastic."

Hodgson went on to praise the 55,990 fans in attendance for getting behind the national team, saying: "I thought the crowd were magnificent - 55,000 people - it would surprise me if there’s any bigger crowds in Europe for these games," he said.

"They seemed to enjoy themselves. They were tremendous for us. They gave us the feeling that they were getting good entertainment and were enjoying what they saw.

"That’s a great satisfaction for all of us."
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