Hodgson’s England role safe, says FA chairman

FA chairman Greg Dyke has revealed that England’s woeful World Cup showing will not result in Roy Hodgson being sacked.

The Three Lions head into their last Group D game against Costa Rica knowing that they’re already out of the competition on the back of two straight losses to Italy and Uruguay.

Although there were some positive signs in the opening defeat to the Azzurri, some have already called for Hodgson to be given his marching orders in a bid to push England forward.

Even though the nation have missed out on the knockout phase of the tournament for the first time since 1958, Dyke says that the manager’s position is a safe one:

“Everyone is disappointed but we are supportive of Roy. He came to do a four-year cycle and we want him to stay and continue.” He told Sky Sports.

“We think there are positives, despite losing narrowly to sides in the top eight (of the FIFA ranking). We don’t see any value in changing Roy. We think Roy has done a good job.

“We have young players who we’ve blooded by experiencing tournament football and it’s my view, as well as others in the FA, that he remains manager.”

England are yet to play Costa Rica, but the game has nothing riding on it with the Central Americans having guaranteed qualification with maximum points against Uruguay and Italy.


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