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Former Scotland striker played under Hodgson at Blackburn and believes the West Brom boss has what it takes to be a success at international level despite failing at Liverpool

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By Rob Stewart

Roy Hodgson has been endorsed as the ideal candidate to take charge of the England team at Euro 2012 by former Blackburn Rovers and Scotland striker Kevin Gallacher.

Gallacher was part of the Blackburn side that Hodgson guided to European football in the late 90s and he insists that the West Bromwich Albion manager is capable of being a success with England.

The Football Association are due to hold talks with Hodgson over the vacancy in the England manager’s office created by Fabio Capello’s resignation in February, and Gallacher feels the 64-year-old has the experience to prosper at Euro 2012 and beyond.

“I think that Roy would be good for England,” Gallacher told Goal.com. “He has a wealth of experience because he has been on a learning curve that has taken in international football with Finland and Switzerland and club management at home and abroad.

“People laughed at me when I suggested Roy could be the England manager when Fabio Capello quit and everyone was talking about Harry Redknapp but I thought he would be a good appointment then and I still do.

“At international level for me – and I was playing for Scotland for about 12 years – management is based on the coaching and organisational skills and that really is what Roy is all about.”

Hodgson’s reputation was damaged by an ill-fated reign at Liverpool last season but Gallacher does not think that episode represents proof he is not up to the job with England.

“I know a lot of people will point to the Liverpool fiasco and say he is not up to it but that is part of a learning process that all managers are on until they retire,” the former Newcastle player continued.

“Some players like some managers and some don’t and some supporters like some managers and some don’t.

“Roy went to Liverpool because it was a massive challenge. I don’t think that he thought that England challenge would ever come up again for him and now it has come up he will be more worldly-wise when it comes to handling certain players and so-called big-name players."

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