Roy Hodgson’s response when asked if he wants to remain England manager

first_img1 England manager Roy Hodgson Roy Hodgson has not ruled out staying as England manager past the end of Euro 2016, when his current contract expires.The Three Lions boss has been in charge since 2012, overseeing some excellent qualifying campaigns but poor tournament displays.England reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2012, before falling out of the 2014 World Cup at the group stage.Hodgson, who came under major fan criticism following those performances, then led his players on an unbeaten qualifying run to this summer’s European Championship, with many tipping the side to impress in France.Given the recent assembly of a young and attacking side, there have been calls for the former Liverpool and West Brom boss to remain as manager for the foreseeable future, but any contract talks are being held off until the end of the tournament this summer.Hodgson himself has refused to rule out staying on for the coming years, admitting that if the FA are keen on him he will continue coaching the national side.When asked whether he wants to stay on, the 68-year-old said: “If they want me, it is as simple as that.“I think I have tried to say all along – and nothing has really changed – that if the FA want me, if the mood in the country is that they would like me to stay, then I of course am more than happy to stay.“But I don’t want to be clawing onto a job when I get the feeling that people don’t want me to have the job, so it is as simple as that.“I suppose that does come down to what the Euros brings and see how we feel after it.”Hodgson has a wealth of attacking talents to call upon now, with the rise to prominence of the likes of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy.The latter came under criticism last weekend for his attempt to win a penalty in Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham, but the manager refused to believe that the 29-year-old was actually diving.He added: “Vardy got sent off at the weekend, but once again I will go out on a limb: I don’t see that. I don’t see that as a dive. I just don’t.“I think he was unbalanced. I don’t think it was a penalty either, I think he was unbalanced, running at that speed.“I think there was a very slight sort of contact with the defender, who was trying to cover.“I think he went down, he lost his balance. I don’t think he was trying to dive.”last_img

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