Hodgson admits England were lucky
England have topped Euro 2012 Group D after a 1-0 win over Ukraine on Tuesday night.
Returning forward Wayne Rooney headed the only goal of the game as the Three Lions sealed victory, but the co-hosts were unlucky not to have a goal of their own as a Marko Devic effort appeared to be over the English line.
Roy Hodgson has admitted that his side got the rub of the green, but is looking forward to competing in the latter stages of the tournament.
“This was an away game with a capital ‘A’: there were 60,000 people in and only 4,000 brave England fans,” he said to Sky Sports.
“When we needed a bit of luck, when the ball may have crossed the line, we got a bit of luck and went on to win the match.
“This is a fledgling team as far as I’m concerned.
“But we’re working at our game and showing composure on the ball and in attacking areas is always the most difficult part.
“That’s where you need your Wayne Rooneys. This game will be good for him.
“He played well, worked hard and could have had several other goals. On the counter we were dangerous enough but we could have been more dangerous.
“They (the players) have been really good from the start. If someone said we’d win the group I don’t think they’d have many takers.
“Most people didn’t think we’d get out of the group. We’ve won it on points instead of goal difference as well,” he concluded.
England will now take on Group C runners-up Italy in the next stage.
By Gareth McKnight