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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 May 2006, 21:50 GMT 22:50 UK
Eriksson optimistic after victory
England midfielder Steven Gerrard
Gerrard was a big influence for England
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said there was more to come from his team after they beat Hungary 3-1 in their World Cup warm-up on Tuesday.

"Hungary were even better than I thought, a good side and technically very good," Eriksson told BBC Sport.

"You must have patience against a team defending with nine men behind the ball. We had that and started the second half very well with two goals.

"I'm happy and I'm sure we'll be playing even better at the World Cup."

Captain David Beckham said his England team-mates did well to overcome a stubborn Hungary side.

The most important thing was we won and we won convincingly

England midfielder Steven Gerrard

"I felt good, that's my job to set goals up and I was lucky to have a few chances. We finished them off well," said the Real Madrid star.

"We needed to get this game under our belts because after 20 minutes it was more difficult than we thought.

"They stayed back off us and gave us more time on the ball at the back but in the last minutes of the first half we started to break them down well.

"We knew if we pushed them hard in the second half we would break them down.

"The manager and Steve McClaren said at half-time we need to press them higher - if we push them higher we can break them down."

Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard said he enjoyed playing an attacking role in midfield, scoring the opening goal two minutes into the second half.

"There was a lot of pressure on me trying to play where Wayne Rooney plays," he told BBC Sport.

"The formation suits us, Frank Lampard is superb breaking from midfield and the boss told us we can interchange."

He added: "The most important thing was we won and we won convincingly. We could have been two or three up at half-time but we took our chances in the second half."

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