Hodgson confirmed as new England boss

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The Football Association have confirmed Roy Hodgson as the new England manager.

The 64-year-old has signed a four-year deal, taking him to the end of Euro 2016.

Hodgson will remain in charge of West Brom for the final two games of the Premier League season, although he will be released for England duties as required.

Football Association chairman David Bernstein said Hodgson's previous experience of international and tournament football was a key factor in the appointment.

Hodgson led Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup and also had a successful spell in charge of Finland a decade later

Bernstein said: "We (the FA board) were unanimous in choosing Roy, a manager of vast experience of international and European football. This is the first time the FA have appointed an England manager with any previous experience of international football.

"He has experience of major tournaments, having taken Switzerland to the World Cup in 1994. That experience can only help us with our plans for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

"He has outstanding contacts through his work with UEFA and FIFA, and can walk into any training ground around the world and command respect. This experience, ability and track record of building teams made him the outstanding candidate for us."

Bernstein refused to discuss why the FA had not contacted bookmakers' favourite, Harry Redknapp. But he insisted financial issues - Hodgson is out of contract in June at Albion - were not an issue in making the appointment.

Bernstein said: "I'm not going to discuss any other manager or club. We had a shortlist, and the shortlist was not two people. It was more than two people. It was never a two-man race. We are very comfortable with what we did. Finance was also not a factor in the decision. We were driven purely by the desire to get the best person."

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