Hodgson unveiled as England boss - but don't mention Harry

Roy Hodgson's career includes managerial stints at Switzerland, Finland, Inter Milan, Liverpool, Fulham and West Brom. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images/POOL/PA Wire.

Roy Hodgson was measured and modest at his unveiling today. He answered every question asked of him, even a couple of curve balls.

He knows they are the first of many.

He wouldn't be drawn on the likely make up of his Euro squad or who the next England captain will be - an appointment we obsess about - but then he'd only been in the job a few hours so we can forgive him for that.

The FA chairman David Bernstein however was not so forthcoming. Particularly when asked about the people's favourite for the job, Harry Redknapp.

The day after Fabio Capello quit Bernstein announced at Wembley he and his three cohorts on the appointment panel would take soundings from across football. The voice of England fans would be listened to he said.

But today, despite those protestations just a couple of months ago, he could not find it in himself even to mention Redknapp's name. Despite being asked several times, he would not even explain the process that took them to Hodgson and why the fans favourite was ignored.

Surely those that pay money to fill Wembley and travel the world watching England deserved that?

It's a judgement that may come back to haunt Bernstein if England fails to get out of the group at this summer's European Championships.

It's not just Roy Hodgson who is on trial in Poland and Ukraine.

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