ROY Hodgson paid credit to Millwall goalkeeper David Forde after he helped the Republic of Ireland claim a 1-1 draw against England at Wembley.
Forde made impressive saves to deny Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott late in the second-half after Frank Lampard cancelled out Shane Long's header before the break.
And Hodgson said afterwards: "We have to give a lot of credit to the Irish goalkeeper and the whole team for putting so much in to the game, they worked very, very hard to stop us.
"I can't complain about the way we went about our business, I am just disappointed it ended in a draw and not a win.
"We were probing and trying allsorts of ways to get around them. We had a couple of chances in the second half – the first one to Oxlade-Chamberlain, the second to Theo – and I thought it was going to be our night."