Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hodgson feeling pressure of England job

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed he is still learning to deal with the pressure that comes with managing a national side.

Hodgson was criticised for the manner of England’s exit from Euro 2012 after a penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals.

The former Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion boss has acknowledged he is still learning to deal with the extra scrutiny that comes with the position.

“I don’t know how much I enjoy it,” Hodgson told reporters.

“I enjoy the job of being the England national team manager and I accept the things that go with that.

“I certainly don’t seek out the cameras but I know they’re going to follow me and I have to learn to live with it.

“I’m sure I will get caught out on many occasions doing something I shouldn’t.”

Hodgson refused to be drawn on the issue of David Beckham’s exclusion from the Great Britain Olympic team by coach Stuart Pearce, but said he is keen to see how the young side fares.

“Stuart was given the autonomy to select his team, it was his decision that David would not be a part of it and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to be involved in any comments towards that,” he said.

“I’m sure the decision has been debated pretty thoroughly but I’ve not been a part of it.

“It should be a very good event, and their group is a very interesting one.

“It’s a very good competition because it’s open to the top professionals, that’s very different to the old days.”

Great Britain will open their Olympic campaign at Old Trafford on Thursday when they take on Senegal.

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