Date: 31st March 2015 at 11:47pm
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England manager was pleased with his side’s reaction after a poor first half display as the Three Lions came back to draw 1-1 against at the on Tuesday night in an international friendly.

carried on a common occurrence of players scoring against England with first half goal which gave a lead and what looked like a victory until Andros Townsend struck in the 80th minute with a powerful effort to earn a draw for the visitors.

Hodgson told ITV how important it was that his players had managed to earn a draw against an team that has beaten them in the last and European Championships.

“It means a lot to us,” he said. “It is no mean feat, to come to Italy and get a result, especially to take the game to them like we did.”

The former manager was critical of his team’s first half performance.

“I haven’t forgotten the first half, we can’t allow that to happen. I don’t think anything was good enough.”

“In the second half we had really good control, but I was very disappointed with the first half.”

Townsend’s equaliser was an impressive strike after good work from Ross Barkley to find the Hotspur winger, and Hodgson is glad that his decision to stick by the two players has paid off.

“Both Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley turned the game,” he continued. “Barkley was was very brave, an outstanding talent and I have got to say a word about Andros.

“We needed someone to do something a bit of special and he has come up with the goods. We are indebted to Andros.”