It is unlike Roy Hodgson to get animated when his team scores but the last minute win for England in the Euro 2016 Group B game was just irresistible for the England manager who jumped off his seat with his entire coaching staff to celebrate Daniel Sturridge’s late winner.
England came from a goal down to earn a 2 – 1 win and go top of the Group on four points after drawing their opening match against Russia and in his post match reactions, he could not hide his joy after seeing his side concede a first half goal from Gareth Bale.
He lauded his substitutes, Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge, who came off the bench at the start of the second half to score the two goals that lifted England while he empathized with the Wales manager Chris Coleman.
“It’s a long time since myself and the coaching staff have showed such joy,” Hodgson told BBC Radio 5 live.
“When the chances don’t go in and you’ve compounded your task by conceding that Gareth Bale goal, it really is a happy moment when both the substitutes score.
“I thought it was on the cards all the way through the second half.”
“I have great empathy with Chris [Coleman] and the Welsh team because he must have been looking at a good draw. He will be today as I was on Saturday night.” He added.