Oct 11, 2013 at 8pm UK at ‚ÄčWembley Stadium
England
4-1
Montenegro
Rooney (48'), Boskovic (62' og.), Townsend (78'), Sturridge (90' pen.)
Walker (54')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Damjanovic (71')
Pavicevic (50'), Volkov (53')

Roy Hodgson: 'Montenegro win was important'

Hodgson: 'Montenegro win was important'
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England manager Roy Hodgson admits that it would have been a "major problem" had England not beaten Montenegro last night.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that it would have been a "major problem" had his side not beaten Montenegro last night.

Wayne Rooney, Andros Townsend and Daniel Sturridge all scored for the Three Lions as they ran out 4-1 winners to maintain control of Group H with just one game left.

Ukraine's win over Poland means that they remain one point behind England, but Hodgson was happy that they gave themselves a little margin for error when they face Poland on Tuesday, although he doesn't plan on using it.

"At least the knife is removed from our throat. Had we drawn or lost, with Ukraine winning, it would have been a major problem," Hodgson told PA.

"If the very worst happens now and we, for some reason, can't reproduce this performance or do badly, we still have a chance of getting to the World Cup. That was important for us.

"We don't count on using that vehicle. We have given ourselves a slight margin for error but we count on beating Poland and getting there under our own steam as top of the group."

Should England win their final group game then they would qualify for next year's World Cup, but anything less than three points is likely to see them finish second as Ukraine face San Marino.

England skipper Steven Gerrard looks on during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between Ukraine and England at the Olympic Stadium on September 10, 2013
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