Roy Hodgson says England had plenty of chances to defeat Ireland at Wembley
England 1-1 Republic of Ireland
8pm, Wednesday 29 May 2013
Roy Hodgson declared himself happy with his side's performance in a 1-1 draw against Republic of Ireland but insisted they did enough to win it.
Frank Lampard scored England's goal after Shane Long had put the Irish ahead at Wembley - and the Three Lions could have clinched victory after the break as they created a string of chances.
Hodgson said: "We had sufficient dominance and sufficient goal chances to win the game but we must give credit not only to the Irish goalkeeper but to their whole team for putting so much into the game.
"They worked very, very hard to stop us but I can't complain about the way we went about our business tonight, I'm just disappointed it led to a draw and not a victory.
"We were probing to find a way through and when we had those chances in the second half, the first that fell to [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and the second to [Theo] Walcott, I thought it was going to be our night and perhaps a deserved victory.
"But it turns out it's a draw but I'm certainly a lot happier after this performance than perhaps our last one."
The only bad news for England is that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was taken off injured in the first half and will not be fit enough for the team's next match on Sunday.
Hodgson said: "He's not going to Brazil unfortunately and we're very disappointed with that because he had a brilliant start to the game tonight as well. We're really sad to lose him.
"It's ligament damage we think - we're not 100 per cent sure, we'll have to wait and see."