Roy Hodgson: Win over Switzerland is of "special importance"

England manager Roy Hodgson admits that the 2-0 win over Switzerland carries extra importance to him because of the pressure that was on his side prior to the match.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that Monday's win over Switzerland carries extra importance considering the pressure that was on the team.

Arsenal's new signing Danny Welbeck scored twice in the second half as the Three Lions opened their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 2-0 victory in Basel.

The result comes on the back of England's early World Cup exit and disappointing friendly display against Norway, and Hodgson is glad that his side were able to produce a winning performance against arguably their toughest Group E opponent.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think every win is important and every game as England manager is unbelievably important.

"I think it is a very honoured and privileged position and every time I lead an England team out or an England player puts a shirt on, it doesn't matter if you're playing Switzerland away or San Marino at home, it's a big occasion.

"I agree that this one had a special importance because we needed to play well and get a result against a team, strangely enough, ranked higher than us at the moment."

England face San Marino in their next qualifier in October.

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England's coach Roy Hodgson looks on during the Group D football match between Uruguay and England at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on June 19, 2014
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