FA chief promises Hodgson won't be axed

A second successive Group D defeat at the hands of Uruguay has left England's qualification hopes in the balance and prompted questions over the 66-year-old's future.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Roy Hodgson will see out his contract as England manager until Euro 2016 despite this summer's disappointing World Cup campaign, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed.

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A second successive Group D defeat at the hands of a Luis Suarez-inspired Uruguay in Sao Paulo on Thursday coupled with a Costa Rica win against Italy has caused England's exit at the group stage, and many are questioning whether Hodgson should remain in charge.

After the match the 66-year-old insisted he was not tempted to resign and Dyke has now revealed the Three Lions boss retains the backing of the FA.

"We're supportive of Roy Hodgson, we've asked him to stay as manager," he told Sky Sports News. "We were not humiliated [against Italy and Uruguay]. They were narrow defeats. We don't see any great value in changing Roy. He's done a good job.

"It's an approach over four years and we need to do better in the Euros [in 2016]."

When asked if England could still meet his target and win the 2022 World Cup, Dyke replied: "Yes I do actually, but I think it means lots of changes in English football."