Hodgson still passionate about role

Roy Hodgson insists his desire to manage England has not diminished one bit despite their embarrassingly early World Cup exit.

Roy Hodgson insists his enthusiasm has not been diminished by England's early World Cup exit
Roy Hodgson insists his enthusiasm has not been diminished by England's early World Cup exit

England have failed to make it through to the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

Hodgson has the unwanted record of being the first manager to lead England to defeat in their opening two matches of a World Cup.

The Football Association has decided to stick by the 66-year-old though, and the man himself is determined to right the wrongs of this campaign at Euro 2016.

"My enthusiasm for football is not likely to wane and my enthusiasm for working with these players is not likely to wane either," the England manager said.

England may have shown some encouraging signs in their Group D opener against Italy, but they could not do the same against Uruguay in Sao Paulo, where they were shot down by a half-fit Luis Suarez.

England wasted a number of chances in both games and their defence collapsed when facing pacy attacks.

Hodgson has seen enough in the two games for him to believe that brighter times are around the corner.

The England manager has been particularly pleased with the performances of the young players who were representing their country at a major tournament for the first time.

"I think that bodes well for the future," Hodgson said. "I believe England have a very strong basis for a team, it's very young.

"These players within the space of two years will play in the Premier League and they will get better and stronger as an England team.

"I have never doubted this team will become stronger and better, and we will just for the moment have to suck on this very bitter pill that our hopes and dreams have been floundered here because we were unable to win the games."

Hodgson could give the likes of Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a run out in England's final match of the tournament against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Those players, along with Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart, will form the basis of Hodgson's XI for Euro 2016.

Hodgson is glad he has a young group of players to choose from going forward.

"I don't think we have a problem (regarding the age of the squad)," he said.

"Wayne Rooney is 28 years of age, going on 29, and I don't regard 29 as being old.

"Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are the only 30-plus year olds we have."

Some critics have hit out at Hodgson for putting too much faith in the inexperienced players within the squad.

It has been suggested that Hodgson made a mistake by selecting 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw ahead of 107-cap Ashley Cole.

Hodgson would change nothing about his approach to the tournament though.

"I don't have any regrets," he said. "I don't think the team let anyone down.

"I think everyone worked very hard. I don't think we could have done any better."

Hodgson sounded as though he needed lifting for the Costa Rica game.

"It's very hard to be happy when you lose," the former Liverpool manager said.

"Results colour everyone's judgement. We have played two experienced and strong teams and on both occasions we have come second."

Comments for: "Hodgson still passionate about role"

sjlanne

You failed Hodgson, I think you should retire and give a younger Manager the role.

Rampton

You can always tell when a manager has lost the plot when the deluded drivel starts flowing.

'I don't have any regrets and I dnt think the players let anyone down'

Jimbo123

Being passionate about the role isn't enough. I'm not passionate about Roy Hodgson. Time for a breath of fresh air. Time for the FA to make overtures to the Special One and Mr Abramovich. Then we might be ready for 2018. This lot were nowhere near ready. Lacklustre, uninspiring and tactically inept.

Cyril

Until the FA decide to limit the number of foreign players playing in English Leagues, particularly the Premiership, we shall never have the luxury of EXPERIENCED young players. That's where the trouble lies, not in Hodgson or any other would-be England manager/coach.

Benidorm Bill

Theres was no foreign players during the 70's but we never qualified for the 74 and 78 world cup.It's easy to blame everyone else but the fact is English players are not good enough.The problems are at the top in the FA.