Roy Hodgson is full of positives after England brush aside San Marino at Wembley
Roy Hodgson reflected on a number of "positives" after England went top of Group H with a 5-0 win over San Marino.
Last Updated: 13/10/12 12:20am
England were frustrated by San Marino having 10 men behind the ball for the majority of the game, but Hodgson was pleased their patience paid off as skipper Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both netted twice.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain capped an excellent night for Hodgson, who was also delighted that main group rivals Ukraine were held to a goalless draw in Moldova.
Hodgson said: "It's never easy when 10 players are parked in the penalty area but I was very pleased with the way we kept playing football from the first minute to the very last.
"There are a lot of positives. There were almost 85,000 people, I thought that was fantastic. The type of football we played would have entertained them.
"There could have been a lot more goals but there was a lot of goalmouth action and a lot of quality passing in the game.
"We were patient, we probed and created chances on a regular basis. They were two extremely positive aspects. The third positive aspect happened in Moldova where Ukraine only succeeded in drawing.
"It means our three points here and the three points in Moldova weigh that bit more heavily," added Hodgson, who saluted Rooney's leadership skills in the absence of the suspended Steven Gerrard.
"There was never any doubt Wayne was a good captain," said Hodgson.
"There was no question in my mind that he would captain the team well but I'm looking forward to seeing Steven Gerrard back in the team in Poland on Tuesday.
"And I still have hopes that Frank Lampard's injury is not serious so he has a chance of joining us there."