Hodgson stays on as England boss

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iol spt june20 HodgsonEngland Reuters Roy Hodgson will stay on as England manager despite his side being on the brink of World Cup elimination, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke announced. Photo by: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Roy Hodgson will stay on as England manager despite his side being on the brink of World Cup elimination, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke announced on Friday.

“We are supportive of Roy Hodgson and would like him to stay as manager,” Dyke said in comments reported by British media.

“We do not see any value in changing. We think Roy has done a good job and it is an approach over four years and we hope to do better in the European Championships.”

England's 2-1 loss to Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday means that they will be eliminated at the group phase if Group D rivals Italy do not beat Costa Rica in Recife on Friday.

Hodgson, who succeeded Fabio Capello in May 2012, is under contract with the FA until the 2016 European Championship in France.

Speaking after the loss to Uruguay at the Corinthians Arena, he said that he was not thinking about stepping down.

“I don't have any intention to resign,” the 66-year-old said. “I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no.”

While England are on the verge of their earliest World Cup exit since 1958, Hodgson has been praised for picking a young squad and attempting to inject attacking flair into his side's play.

England impressed in their opening loss to Italy in Manaus last Saturday, with 19-year-old Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling catching the eye, but they produced an error-strewn display against Uruguay.

“Everybody thought we played really well in the first game and narrowly lost,” added Dyke.

“They were narrow defeats, but it is for the football people to decide what went wrong.

“In the second game, it could have gone either way. We were not humiliated or anything like that.” – AFP



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