England will get better - Gerrard

Steven Gerrard (centre)

Steven Gerrard (centre)

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Captain Steven Gerrard believes England will get better once they become more accustomed to life under new head coach Roy Hodgson after beating Norway 1-0 in Oslo.

Ashley Young's first-half goal was sufficient to earn England victory in the first game of the Hodgson era. But Gerrard, handed the captaincy by Hodgson, is confident of improvement with the Euro 2012 opener against France in Donetsk now just 16 days away.

Gerard said: "It was a satisfying night overall, if you look at the result and the clean sheet, for my first game as official captain and Roy's first game. We know that we can play better than that. Hopefully once we get used to the manager a bit more, and have more of his training sessions, and the message hits home a bit more, we will improve."

He added: "The more we get used to the manager, then better performances will come. When every manager comes in, there is a bit of pressure on and it is always important to start well.

"There were quite a few positives to take from tonight."

Young settled the issue with a fierce low drive after linking up well with Andy Carroll.

The Manchester United player said: "Getting on the scoresheet is always nice and it's a good habit to get into.

"But we are preparing for the Euros now and it is important that good things come out of the games.

"I think it was pleasing the way we kept our shape. We defend as a team and there were combinations throughout the team which worked well throughout."

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