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Hodgson feels 'signs are encouraging' for England

Roy Hodgson admitted England were "starting to get frustrated" before Wayne Rooney's goal against Estonia, whose coach Magnus Pehrsson was hoping for a point.

Hodgson: 'We could have won by more'

Roy Hodgson says "signs are encouraging for England"
Defender Phil Jagielka happy with successive clean sheets
Estonia coach Magnus Pehrsson disappointed not to get a point
Artur Pikk makes first start on break from military service
Next games: San Marino v Estonia, England v Slovenia (15 November)

Roy Hodgson, England manager
I think we certainly should have won by more. Our first-half performance was especially good – we created lots and lots of chances, but weren't so good at taking them. Full credit to Estonia, they never gave up and had to work incredibly hard to keep us out because we had the ball basically the whole of the match and were asking lots of questions. They came up with plenty of answers, but fortunately they couldn't come up with an answer to Wayne Rooney's free-kick. It was an important goal because we starting to get a bit frustrated.

We've got a lot of work still to do, but the signs are encouraging. We have a lot of players who are very interesting and I think our attacking play can be quite lethal at times. I was also pleased with how quickly we pressurised to win back the ball. We've got two years to grow with this team – there's hardly anybody even close to 30.

Jagielka pleased with start

Phil Jagielka, England defender
It was a very difficult game. We played some good stuff, especially in the first half, but didn't manage to get the breakthrough. Thankfully the captain came up with a really good free-kick and we go away with the three points. We'd have loved to have come here and played a little bit better, but we've had two difficult games this week and we've got six points and kept two clean sheets.

Magnus Pehrsson, Estonia coach
I'm very glad with the team spirit and the way we followed our gameplan, the way the players fought even when we were a man down. If you compare the two teams, it's clear we needed to be compact and play a mostly defensive game. I'm disappointed because we really could have earned a point. However, the positive is that we showed great spirit. Also, Karol Mets showed that he can already play at a high level, while Artur Pikk made it clear that he is capable despite not having much experience.

Artur Pikk, Estonia defender
I should be back at the military base in an hour. I was called up too late for the Lithuania match, but this one wasn't a problem: I got permission to take part. All my comrades were keeping their fingers crossed for me and watched the game on TV. I don't think I let down any of my team-mates in my first full match for the senior side. I was surprised to start, but the coach said: 'You can do this.'

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