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Hodgson handed four-year deal to manage England

Updated: Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:33 | Comments

Hodgson's contract will see him lead England up to the end of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals
Hodgson's contract will see him lead England up to the end of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals

The Football Association have confirmed Roy Hodgson as the new England manager. 

The 64-year-old has signed a four-year deal, taking him to the end of Euro 2016. 

Hodgson will remain in charge of West Brom for the final two games of the Premier League season, although he will be released for England duties as required. 

He held around four hours of discussions with senior FA officials at Wembley on Monday, paving the way for his appointment to the most demanding role in English football.

Hodgson has won a total of eight league titles in a distinguished career, and coached the national teams of Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates,

He took Switzerland to the FIFA World Cup in 1994 - their first finals competition for 28 years. The Swiss achieved a FIFA ranking of third in the world under the Englishman's stewardship.

Hodgson's former clubs include Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers, Grasshoppers, FC Copenhagen, Fulham and Liverpool. He has also managed in Norway and Sweden.

In addition, he has been a regular member of FIFA and UEFA's technical study groups at tournaments.

Hodgson's first game as England manager will be the warm-up match away to Norway in Oslo on 26 May.

That is followed by another friendly, with Belgium at Wembley on 2 June, before their Euro 2012 opener against France on 11 June.

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