Hodgson insists he will keep position as England manager

The Northern Echo: NOT QUITTING: England manager Roy Hodgson NOT QUITTING: England manager Roy Hodgson

ROY HODGSON has reiterated his desire to stay on as England manager, defiantly insisting he has no intention to quit.

Hodgson and his 23 players touched down in England on Wednesday after their worst World Cup campaign in history.

England finished bottom of Group D with just one point.

Hodgson refused to walk out on England after their early exit was confirmed last week and the 66-year-old has had no change of heart despite the dull draw against Costa Rica.

Hodgson snapped back at one reporter when it was pointed out that Italy manager Cesare Prandelli had offered to resign following his team’s elimination from the tournament on Tuesday.

“I told you the other day (I won’t resign) and I’ve nothing more to add,” the England manager said before adding: “The FA have asked me to continue. They want me to continue. I’m, very happy that they want me to continue.

“I think there is an interesting group of players here to work with. “And I get no feeling whatsoever that any of them will want me to resign.

“I have no reason to do so. I have no intention to do so.”

“The reason I’m staying on is that I’m not a quitter, I believe in this team and that the FA seriously want me to keep doing this job, as do the players, so therefore I will continue to do it and I’ll try and lead the team to Euro 2016 and try to get some good results.”

Hodgson will, over the next few weeks, hold discussions with members of Club England - the body that oversees the day-to-day running of the national side.

When the “grieving process”, as Hodgson put it, is over, the England manager will sit down and analyse videos of the team’s failings in Brazil.

“Our video man will be cutting that up now although he won’t have a chance to show me that for a while,” Hodgson said.

“But certainly we will all sit down together before we start our next campaign to see what did we learn from the World Cup, what did we learn about our players, what did we learn about the way we want to play, what do we think we can push forward and if we made any glaring mistakes then what can we do to make sure we don’t make them again.”

Video analysts formed part of the army of staff at Hodgson’s disposal in Brazil.

A nutritionist, a chef, fitness trainers and sports scientists were recruited to help England this summer, as well as sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters.

Hodgson will consider asking Peters, renowned for his work with Olympic athletes, to help England at Euro 2016, should they qualify.

“Yes. He’s been very, very good,” Hodgson said when asked if he would consider taking a psychiatrist to Euro 2016.

“He hasn’t played a major part in terms of global team talks, but what he has done is he’s been very good with the individual players and the ones he works with.

“Others have bought into it as well so I think going forward, the nutritionist, extra fitness coach we took from Manchester United and Steve Peters have all been valuable members of our squad.”

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