Hodgson calm about England future

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Roy Hodgson remains relaxed about his future as England manager, saying he and Football Association chairman Greg Dyke are “singing off the same hymn sheet”.

The 67-year-old has been at the Three Lions helm since succeeding Fabio Capello in May 2012 but is coming towards the end of his deal.

Hodgson has retained a relaxed stance when quizzed about post-Euro 2016 life – an approach echoed this week by Dyke, who said contract talks will come sometime in the next nine months to a year.

The FA chairman’s comments were put to Hodgson on the eve of England’s qualifier against Lithuania, which he insists is his only focus right now.

“Yes, absolutely (I am relaxed) – that’s what I have been saying all along,” the Three Lions boss said.

“At the moment we have got an important task ahead of us. It is all very well talking about England in France and what England do in France, but we’re not there.

“We’ve got six qualifiers to win, six matches to win. That’s a big enough task, a big enough challenge.

“I am perfectly happy with that. What I’ve said when I have been asked a question about my future is exactly what Greg has said. It seems we’re all singing off the same hymn sheet there.”

Hodgson certainly seems to have the backing of his players, with captain Wayne Rooney the latest to express his desire for him to stay on.

The England manager will be 70 when the 2018 World Cup comes along, making it unlikely he will still be in charge when Qatar hosts the tournament four years later.

The controversy surrounding the 2022 edition has been well documented, but Hodgson foresees no problems for the Three Lions when it comes to playing a winter tournament.

“The fact is that September, October and November are normally quite good times for us to play our international matches,” he said.

“The players have had a break in the summer and are fully attuned to the level after two or three months, so I would think for European teams it won’t be any disadvantage at all.

“Where the disadvantage comes, which has been well documented, is the various leagues in European countries – not all of which because some of them play year-round, April to November, but a lot of others play September through to May.

“It gives them a problem. If we are just talking about the World Cup itself, I don’t think it will be a disadvantage for European teams and certainly won’t be a disadvantage for England.”

Published: Thursday 26th March 2015 by The News Editor

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