Defiant Hodgson insists England 'are on the right path'

The manager's position has come under scrutiny after a worst ever start to a World Cup but, while acknowledging that disappointment, says he is positive ahead of future challenges
By Greg Stobart in Rio de Janeiro

Roy Hodgson has welcomed the backing of the Football Association board and remains convinced he is the right man to lead England forward.

The Three Lions have been eliminated from the World Cup after losing their first two group matches against Italy and Uruguay, but FA chairman Greg Dyke has publicly assured Hodgson that he will remain in charge until Euro 2016.

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Hodgson, who was appointed England manager in 2012, says he feels "privileged" to lead the team and believes the squad is making progress despite their early exit in Brazil.

"I'm very pleased that Greg and the board have backed me to continue," Hodgson said on Sunday in a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

"I think we're midway through a term and there is a lot of work to be done.We're on a good path, I see a lot of possibility for these players to improve and I'm very pleased to be the man leading them.

"The job means a lot to me. I'm privileged to have it and to work with this group of players.

"Scapegoats are always necessary in times of failure and I understand that, but I would like to think that you are judged over a longer time.

"You would like to think you are judged by the job you do, your qualities and what you can bring going forward.

"I think we have some world class players in the making. I've been working with England for two years – it's very hard to give an answer that everything is right or everything is wrong on the back of two matches."

England play their final Group D match of the tournament against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday looking to pick up their first points of the World Cup.

Hodgson took a youthful squad to Brazil and plans to change his line-up against the Latin Americans to ensure that every outfield player in the group takes some part in the World Cup.

"I'm going to pick the team with a view that all the players who have been here get some minutes on the pitch," Hodgson added.

"I will be changing the team and giving people who haven't played an opportunity to show what they can do.

"I will make sure the whole group get a chance to go home and say they weren't here to make up the numbers but actually took part."