Hodgson: England future not up to me

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The former Liverpool manager would like to remain beyond the expiration of his deal, and he says Wayne Rooney will travel to Euro 2016 despite fears over his fitness

Roy Hodgson admits he would like to stay on as England manager past Euro 2016, but concedes that decision is not his to make.

The 68-year-old signed a four-year deal in 2012, meaning his contract expires at the end of the European Championship in France this year.

England finished top of the group at Euro 2012 under Hodgson, but were eliminated on penalties by Italy in the quarter-finals, while they failed to advance past the group stages at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Asked whether he would like to stay on as England boss, Hodgson told talkSPORT: "What happens will be up to the FA.

"If the FA and the country would like me to do it then of course I am more than happy to, because I enjoy the job and working with the players.

"But I'm also equally accepting of the fact that if it's the time for me to walk away and leave it to someone else, then so be it.

"But it won't be my decision. I certainly won't be looking to walk away from it.

"But on the other hand I hope I won't be clinging on with everything I have when most people are wishing that I was not there anymore. That's quite important too.

"When you are England manager, you have to be aware that you are looking after this enormous property for an awful lot of fans.


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"I would like to think we are looking after it the right way and it will be up to the FA to decide afterwards whether they think I'm the man to go forward or not."

Meanwhile, Hodgson says that his captain Wayne Rooney will travel to Euro 2016 despite fears over his fitness, though he has insisted that he is not guaranteed a starting spot.

"Yes, because he's our captain, our most experienced player. He's not missed one of the last eight squads, he's never let us down," he replied when asked if Rooney would travel.

"And form is something you have to be careful of. Players have to have the right attitude, desire, and loyalty to what we're trying to do.

"He wouldn't want me to say that [he's a certain to start]. He'll want to play but if I make a decision, he'll be the first to accept that and be one of the most helpful to the guy who takes his place.

"But I certainly will dismiss any discussions about whether Wayne Rooney will be there. My only fear is whether he will be fit in time, but it's a minor fear.

"He has more than one string to his bow, he can play behind or as an out-and-out striker. But if that group of players are available it gives us a great choice in terms of system."

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