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Roy Hodgson avoids the sack despite England crashing out of World Cup at first hurdle

England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson

  • by Paul Hirst
 

Roy Hodgson has avoided the sack despite leading England through their worst World Cup campaign in history.

England’s failure to qualify from their group was confirmed on Friday when Costa Rica beat Italy 1-0 in Natal.

It is the first time England have failed to reach the knockout stages since 1958, and it is also the only time the Three Lions have been eliminated from the World Cup after two matches.

But despite the unwanted records, the Football Association has vowed to stand by Hodgson until his contract expires at the end of Euro 2016.

“We’re supportive of Roy Hodgson, we’ve asked him to stay as manager,” FA chairman Greg Dyke said.

“That is the view of myself, of everybody else here (in Brazil) and of others in the FA.”

Hodgson went into the tournament full of promise. He told England fans to put a tenner on England to go all the way just before the draw was made last December.

A considerable amount of money was spent to ensure England were in the best possible shape when they landed in Brazil, but it was not enough.

Hodgson now has the unwanted tag of being the first manager to lead England to defeat in their first two World Cup games.

Yet Dyke, and the rest of the FA hierarchy have seen enough promise in England’s performances to believe Hodgson is the man to lead the national side for the next two years.

“We do not see any value in changing Roy,” he added. “We think Roy has done a good job.

“It is an approach over four years and we hope to do better in the European Championships.

“Everybody thought we played really well in the first game and narrowly lost.

“The second game could have gone either way. We were not humiliated.

“They were narrow defeats.”

And Dyke still believes England are on course to attain his target of winning the 2022 World Cup

“I do still believe that,” he said. “There is a real chance that we can develop and win in 2022 - that is the aim.”

 

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