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Hodgson finds positives in England’s uninspiring Norway victory

Ashley Young scored the only goal of the game after nine minutes and the visitors, fielding a largely second-string side, were on the back foot for much of the match

Roy Hodgson has stressed he is pleased with England's 1-0 win over Norway despite his side being the inferior team for large parts of Saturday’s friendly.

The Three Lions were bright and energetic for the first half hour but took their foot off the pedal for the remainder of the game and conceded control to their Scandinavian hosts.

However, Hodgson believes the national side has plenty more to give in upcoming internationals and stressed that a victory in Oslo is something to proud of.

“It was a great start for us because we know how difficult it is to win here in Norway,” he told ITV Sport.

“And of course we’ve had three tough days with training and I’ve been concerned about the fatigue factor.

“It was a marvellous start to my career as the national team coach because it’s not often that Norway lose at home and it’s a long while that we’ve beaten [them] here so it’s nice to get the result.”

Ashley Young scored the only goal of the match after nine minutes with an individual effort culminating in a classy, low finish in the bottom corner of the Norway net.

“Well I think he and [Andy] Carroll proved they could do the job,” Hodgson continued. “I thought both of them were very good.

“I thought at times we could have been a bit more positive, you know, there’s an element of keeping the ball sometimes when we maybe could get it forwards a little bit earlier and get those two players in.

The former West Brom and Liverpool boss refused to be drawn on the striking partnership he would field for the Three Lions’ first Euro 2012 fixture against France.

“Well, we’ll see,” he said, smiling when asked would he play Carroll and Young together in a little over two weeks time. “Of course, I’m not prepared to say what the partnership is at this moment.

“We know it won’t be Wayne Rooney. We don’t know how Danny Welbeck is going to be coming on. We’ve still got Jermain Defoe.

“So in actual fact I think I’m in a comfortable position and even a guy like Theo Walcott can quite easily play in that position."

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