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Hodgson statue to inspire fans

SoccerNews in English Premier League 8 Jun 2012

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A publicity stunt by a bookmaker is behind the 100ft statue of Roy Hodgson erected on England’s iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Modelled on the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the likeness of the England manager has been nicknamed ‘Roy the Redeemer’ and is said to be visible from France.

England’s neighbours across the English channel will be their first opponents in Group D of Euro 2012, with the two countries set to meet in Donetsk on Monday.

The eight-ton temporary structure has an arm span of 96 feet, with two forty-ton cranes needed to keep it stable.

Ken Robertson, speaking for bookmaker Paddy Power, cited Brazil’s success at international level following the erection of the original Christ the Redeemer in 1931 as one of the reasons for the stunt.

“We’re hoping some of that success can rub off on England in time for their Euro 2012 opener against France on Monday,” he said.

“Anyway, at the end of the day this is definitely the closest Roy will get to Rio this month,” he added, referring to the controversial absence of Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand from the England squad.

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