Roy Hodgson thinking of 2014 World Cup

Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is looking beyond Euro 2012, and that the project he has taken on with the national side is one for the long-term.

The new manager started his stint as England boss with a 1-0 win over Norway on Saturday, and will now lead the nation into the European Championships after one last friendly against Belgium.

However, The Telegraph indicate that Hodgson will travel to Brazil after Euro 2012 to look at potential training bases for the next World Cup.

The former West Brom trainer has admitted that although England are eager to have a successful tournament in Poland and Ukraine, the competition is not the be-all and end-all.

“I am looking beyond the Euros. The fact is I signed a contract to do this job over the coming years, up to and including the 2014 World Cup, so I have my sights firmly fixed on the future.

“I also want to do well in the Euros with the team and I will try to get the team as well-organised and well-prepared as I can. But I am not prepared to make the Euros the be-all and end-all,” he confessed.

Meanwhile, Gareth Barry will undergo scans on an injured groin on Monday, with The Guardian stating that Phil Jagielka will be called up to the contingent should the Manchester City man be ruled out.

By Gareth McKnight