Hodgson backed to stay as England manager beyond the World Cup

Roy Hodgson has done ‘a brilliant job’ as England manager, and will remain in the post until 2016 at least, according to Football Association secretary Alex Horne, reports Sky Sports.

The FA has backed Hodgson ahead of the summer’s World Cup, with Horne insisting that just to be a part of the summer’s tournament should be considered a success.

He claims qualifying from a testing group remained Hodgson’s sole target, and is delighted that the former West Brom was able to deliver.

With progress being made, Hodgson is set to guide England to another European Championships, with the next tournament scheduled for France in 2016.

“For me personally, Roy is our manager to France and I’m happy with that, very happy with that,”¬†Horne told The Times.

“I think he’s been brilliant. He’s exactly what we hoped for.”

When asked what Horne would consider a successful tournament in the summer, he replied:¬†“Pass mark? For me, personally, he’s done it by getting through that group.

“We go with confidence. We’ll prepare well. We go optimistic that we are going to enjoy it and play well.

“It’s not an easy group, it’s not an easy tournament.

“Roy stabilised the team and he’s qualified us well in a tricky group.

“He kept his head convincingly, won the last two (against Montenegro and Poland). I’ve huge respect for him.”

England face a tough task to escape their World Cup group, having been drawn with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.

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