Tuesday June 24 2014
Hodgson takes England 'positives'

Roy Hodgson tried to “take positives” from England’s World Cup campaign after their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica.

The Three Lions were already out of the running for qualification before the goalless encounter with the Group D winners and fielded a completely revamped XI.

“We showed today what a good team we can be. Apart from the first 10 minutes I thought we dominated. 

“I take positives - this was a banana skin. To get that display was great since for many it was new. I am pleased at least to have given the fans something to cheer about in terms of our performance,” Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 Live

“This is a very different team to the one at Euro 2012. We play different football. We pass the ball much more. We ask a lot more in terms of receiving the ball, turning with the ball.

“And in the final third we try things and take risks. The type of players we are choosing - in Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge - it's clear that's our aim and hope.

“We created good goal chances, but we didn't take them. Another day we could have won the game by one or two goals because we did have a clear dominance in the play after the first 15 to 20 minutes.”

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