England manager Roy Hodgson believes he is more than capable of coaching the Three Lions at the highest level.
The 64-year-old’s appointment as national team manager came as a surprise to some, with the former West Brom boss beating favourite Harry Redknapp to the post.
Despite remaining undefeated since his arrival as England boss, Hodgson has received criticism claiming he does not have the managerial capabilities to propel the team back into the frame as one of the world’s best international sides.
“The FA chose the man they wanted for the job. Luckily that was me and I was more than happy to accept it,” he said after England’s 3-2 win over Sweden at Euro 2012.
“I don’t comment about what’s written about me. I try to do my job and rely on the fact I’ve been doing it for 36 years and am looking forward to doing it for a few more years in the future.”
The former Liverpool and Inter boss has put his side’s recent success down to the wealth of young talent that has graduated from the Three Lions’ Under-21 side.
“All teams need to know that, even if they’ve had an excellent generation of players, there’s something coming along that’ll replace them and put players in the team under pressure,” he said.
“It does give me great pleasure, but I have to be pleased with the older guard as well.
“John Terry and Joleon Lescott in particular were very good against a Swedish team that can ask a lot of questions.
“In midfield, Steven Gerrard gave another captain’s performance.
“All teams need to know that, even if they’ve had an excellent generation of players, there’s something coming along that’ll replace them and put players in the team under pressure.”
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