Hodgson takes pride in record

England boss Roy Hodgson has expressed pride in leading his side to Euro 2016 with a perfect record of 10 wins from their 10 qualifiers.

The Three Lions completed their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 victory over Lithuania in Vilnius on Monday to become only the sixth nation to achieve this feat in European Championship history.

The visitors took a 2-0 lead into the break at the Zalgiris Stadium, thanks to Ross Barkley's opener and an own-goal from Giedrius Arlauskis, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sealed the win just after the hour mark.

Hodgson admitted it was a fitting way to end their journey to the tournament in France next year, although he acknowledged his players would have to step up their game against Europe's best after facing Lithuania, Estonia and San Marino in Group E.

Speaking to ITV after the match, he said: "I'm very proud of the players' performance. It was excellent the way they [the players] went about their business tonight.

"The quality of our play was good and to get 10 wins out of 10 is never easy so we've got to take pride in it. The players who represented us tonight did a terrific job and strengthened their chances of being considered ahead of France.

"I couldn't fault anybody tonight and it was a very nice way to end what's been an excellent qualifying campaign for us.

"We knew it would be a surprise had we not qualified, but now we know also that in France we'll come across better opposition and we'll see how we deal with that."

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