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The Three Lions captain has urged the side to believe in their new manager's ability after seeing positives from the narrow 1-0 friendly win over Norway on Saturday

After England secured their first win under new manager Roy Hodgson, captain Steven Gerrard insisted the team must get behind the boss as they head into Euro 2012.

The Three Lions held on for a 1-0 victory in Norway after a superb individual goal from Ashley Young, while the Liverpool midfielder skippered the side for 45 minutes before being rested at half-time.

Gerrard told The Mail on Sunday: “It was good not just for me but for everyone.

“When a new manager comes in there is a bit of pressure. A nice win, clean sheet, there were quite a few positives.

“It's always nice to lead the country out but what is more important is that I won as captain. You are judged on winning games and it was nice to get off to a winning start.”




The captain stayed disciplined in England's four-man midfield, often resisting his natural instinct to surge forward. Good dummy run ahead of Young's goal but rather reckless challenge on Hogli before he was substituted at half-time.

The 31-year-old believes that Hodgson can lead England to better things, adding: “I've said enough on Roy when he was at Liverpool.

“He's now England boss. It's important that we all get behind him, he's a very good manager. I'm sure that moving forward we can be very successful under him.

“We know that we can play better than that. Hopefully once we get used to the manager a bit more, and have more of his training sessions, and the message hits home a bit more, we will improve.

“The more we get used to the manager, then better performances will come. When every manager comes in, there is a bit of pressure on and it is always important to start well.”

With Young playing in the hole behind Andy Carroll, the pair looked to have struck up a good partnership and combined well for the winning goal.

Gerrard sees a bright future for the pair at Euro 2012, remarking: “I thought they looked decent together. Andy put a really good shot in for the team. We got a win - that's the important thing.”

Midway through the first half there was a moment of concern as the midfielder lunged in with a dangerous tackle,  leaving Norway’s Tom Hogli clutching his ankle in pain. However, despite the fans' booing, the skipper only received a ticking off from the referee.

Gerrard defended his tackle, saying: “There was nothing late about it. I won it fair and square. It felt good, it felt clean. The kid is OK, so no problem. I don't think it's an issue.”

Meanwhile, goalscorer Young declared: “Getting on the scoresheet is always nice and it's a good habit to get into.

“But we are preparing for the Euros now and it is important that good things come out of the games. I think it was pleasing the way we kept our shape.

“We defend as a team and there were combinations throughout the team which worked well throughout.”