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England's Wayne Rooney Picture: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

England's Wayne Rooney Picture: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

England's Wayne Rooney Picture: REUTERS/Pilar Olivares

ROY HODGSON insisted England can take confidence for their battle to qualify for the World Cup after two superb goals secured a 2-2 draw against Brazil.

England survived a first-half mauling by Brazil, who had a total of 30 shots – 20 at goal – before strikes by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney (below) lit up the Maracana.

Brazil had taken the lead through Fred, before England stunned the Maracana crowd to go 2-1 in front despite managing only eight shots in total, before Paulinho's outstanding volley levelled it.

Hodgson said: "We're a work in progress. We face stiff opposition and have a lot of work to do before we can think about 2014. But I am very confident we can and games like this increase confidence and make us even more determined to be part of the party the World Cup will be.

"I do think we were well worthy of the draw.

"I was delighted with how we kept ourselves in the game and didn't capitulate despite them being clearly better than us in the first half.

"In the second half we were every bit as good and we should take a lot of credit for that.

"Most teams, managers and coaches know that when you come to Brazil and play them they will have more of the ball and create more chances. The question is if you can deal with it and come away with a result and that's what we did.

"The clever money would have had us struggling to get any sort of result.

"But we were desperate to give a good impression and finish the season on a positive note. I'm delighted that was what we did."


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