New England boss Roy Hodgson urges fans' support

16:29 01 May 2012

Roy Hodgson has been in charge of West Brom for just over a year

Roy Hodgson has been in charge of West Brom for just over a year

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New England manager Roy Hodgson has called for the whole country to back the side in this summer’s European Championships.

The 64-year-old today signed a four year deal, replacing Fabio Capello, who resigned in February.

England have been drawn in Group D alongside one of the hosts Ukraine, France as well as Sweden.

"It's a very proud day for me. I'm a very happy man to have the chance to manage my country. Looking forward to it enormously," Hodgson said.

"We are a major football nation it will be difficult on this occasion.

"Important everyone gets behind the team and behind the players.

"The players would be very disappointed if we expected anything less than an effort to win the tournament.

"It's always a big job to win people over. The only way you will win people over is by doing the job I know I can do.

"It's very important that the players buy into what I want to do with the team. It's also important the supporters buy into it.

"If I'm going to be judged at the Euros then so be it I will have to live with that."

Harry Redknapp was the odds on favourite to become the new manager, but FA chairman David Bernstein- who would not answer any questions regarding the Tottenham chief- said Roy Hodgson was the only man they approached after deciding the West Brom boss was the man he wanted a month ago.

"We met at Wembley and quickly agreed Roy was the right man lead us through European Championships and future tournaments. We were unanimous in employing Roy," Bernstein said.

"This is the first time the FA has appointed an England manager with any previous international experience.

"He could walk into any training ground across the world and command respect."


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