The England boss spoke exclusively to TheFA.com after sealing World Cup qualification
Roy Hodgson admitted his feelings of relief after Steven Gerrard clinched England's victory over Poland - and a place at the 2014 World Cup Finals.
The Three Lions were dominating much of the Group H decider at Wembley, but had just Wayne Rooney's first half header to show for their endeavours.
Only a win would do for England and their slender advantage kept the Polish in with a chance of snatching a point, which left Hodgson and the England fans perched on the edge of their seats.
That was until the 88th minute when the persistance of talismanic captain Gerrard took him past the Poland defence and into the box.
The Liverpool midfielder kept on going and clipped the ball past keeper Wojciech Szczesny to seal all three points and automatic qualification for Brazil.
"That was a feeling of great relief," Hodgson told TheFA.com in an exclusive interview.
"All the time we were 1-0 up, even though we were defending well enough and still looking quite dangerous ourselves, until that second goal goes in you can't really relax.
"Who knows, any counter-attack could pay off, or you could even have a situation where someone lets fly and the ball goes into the roof of the net.
"So you’re never comfortable at 1-0, but at 2-0 so late in the game it really did draw the curtain down on Poland’s chances of getting a point out of the game.
"As far as we were concerned it was job done and we waited for the final whistle so we could celebrate the fact that we’re in Brazil."
Hodgson was keen to pass praise for England's qualification on to the players after they came through a strong group to reach the Finals.
Heading into the last four group games, Ukraine, Montenegro and Poland were all in with a chance of going to the World Cup.
The Three Lions held firm, though, winning three and drawing one to take their place at the top of the table.
"I’d like to think that I and my staff, in particular Ray Lewington, Gary Neville and Dave Watson, have played our part along the way, but the important thing is the players," he said.
"They’ve been fantastic all along. It’s been a tough campaign, we found ourselves in a particularly hard group along with three other teams who could quite easily have got into the top two spots.
"It’s been a battle for us, but I’m delighted we have done it and I’m also pleased in the manner in which we’ve done it.
"These last two games, to get the six points we needed, it sounds easy enough when you throw the idea out, but when you get onto that field of play and you’ve got Montenegro and Poland in front of you, it’s a lot more difficult."
Watch part one of our interview with Roy in the FATV player above. We'll have more from the England manager over the next few days.