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 By PA Sport

England fightback against Germany sparked by flair - Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson said the quality of his side's attacking football had been key to their comeback win over Germany in Berlin on Saturday.

England found themselves two down when Toni Kroos and Mario Gomez struck for the hosts, but outstanding goals by Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy levelled matters before Eric Dier won the match in injury time.

Hodgson said England had fought their way back in the game thanks to the verve of their play going forward.

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"It was by playing football, and there was no element of just rolling our sleeves up and winning more challenges -- we had been winning challenges right the way through the game," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It was about using the quality we think this team has to create more chances and I think three goals, with that number of chances, is a fairly meagre return."

He said the England players deserved "all credit" and added: "We honestly believed that, although the team was young and inexperienced, if we could carry out our game plan we could cause Germany problems.

"I think the thing that is going to please me the most is the general performance of the team from the first minute to the last.

"It is very satisfying that the performance then gives you a result, because they don't always.

"Not at any stage of the game did we sit back and accept that Germany would press us back. We were pressing them back more, and it is so nice when you start to take your goal chances."


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