England: Job done, now do it all over again

Debut delight for Andros Townsend with his goal
Debut delight for Andros Townsend with his goal
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Call it brave. Call it bold. Call it a brilliant hunch by a manager who has been criticised for his caution.

Call it what you like but the moment Montenegro’s net rippled with a quite stunning strike from Tottenham’s debut boy Andros Townsend, Wembley resounded to a moon-rocket roar and England manager Roy Hodgson had silenced his doubters.

Townsend’s strike capped a sublime performance by a 22-year-old in whom Hodgson had shown such faith in throwing into a World Cup qualifier packed with tension and nerves.

‘Who dares wins’ you might say and on this night it was Hodgson and England with a 4-1 victory which was justly deserved if only because England did all the pressing, made all the running, showed all the ambition.

Momentum is everything in football and this result and the emergence of Townsend will give England just the boost they need going into the deciding fixture against Poland on Tuesday.

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