Euro 2012 - Roy Hodson Named England Manager


Roy Hodson, Manager England National Team and David Bernstein, FA Chairman

Euro 2012 Update: Roy Hodson Named England Manager

"It is a very proud day for me, I'm a very happy man to be offered the chance to manage my country," Hodson said.

"I'm looking forward to the task ahead. Everyone knows it is not an easy one but I'm hoping that everyone, fans and supporters will get behind the team.

"It's the team that counts, they go out and win football matches. What I'll do is try to make sure the team is well prepared for the challenge ahead. I'm really looking forward to it."

Hodson, the 64-year-old West Brom boss was the unanimous choice of a four-man selection panel. Football Association chairman David Bernstein said Hodgson was earmarked as the preferred candidate a month ago. He was the only manager approached by the FA about the job despite speculation in the media linking Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp with the vacancy after Fabio Capello quit in February.

Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first two games of Euro 2012, but Hodgson intends to take the Manchester United superstar striker with him to Poland and Ukraine.

"I'm looking forward very much to Wayne Rooney coming to the Euros with us and his contribution, albeit that he can't play the first two games," he said.

Hodgson will have to gain the support of England players, including Wayne Rooney, John Terry, Gary Cahill, Steven Gerrard, and Rio Ferdinand.

"Every coach has got to win over the players. It's not the first time I've stepped into a group I don't know but my CV suggests I've succeeded fairly well with that," said the former Fulham, Liverpool and Inter Milan manager.

"Every coach taking a new job needs to make certain they get the players on side, united behind the cause. We're England, the England football team. We interest a lot of people. I have a lot of responsibility but then so do the players."

Harry Redknapp left a congratulatory phone message for Roy.

"I've got great respect for Harry. He sent me a voicemail message that I will reply to. He's been very gracious," said Hodgson. "I hope we will remain friends. We've unwittingly become rivals but it won't affect our relationship. He's dealt with it well in all his interviews and I appreciate it."

Roy Hodgson, born 9 August 1947),is an English former footballer, who is the current manager of West Bromwich Albion and the new boss of the England national team.

Hodson intends to play to win at Euro 2012.

"I think England always have to go into tournaments to win them because we are a major football nation. The players would be disappointed if we didn't expect less of them than trying to win the tournament. It's always a big job to win people over and it's important first of all to have the chance."

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