New England manager Roy Hodgson says he is very happy and very proud of his new role. He pledged to do his "very best" to make sure the team would be ready for Euro 2012.
Hodgson did admit his new role would not be easy and that it was crucial for the country to get behind the team, and the team to get behind him.
He will announce his new squad after the last game of the season.
FA Chairman David Bernstein welcomed Roy Hodgson to Wembley Stadium as he signed a four-year contract to become the new England manager.
Bernstein said the West Bromwich Albion manager was the "stand-out candidate" for the position vacated by Fabio Capello earlier last year:
“We initially put together a list of names for consideration, and over a period of time we reduced that down to a shortlist. Roy emerged as the stand-out candidate."
The England and Arsenal Jack Wilshere has tweeted his support of Roy Hodgson as the new England manager:
Not many have the experience that Roy Hodgson, proved he is a top manager at international level so don't see no reason why he can't do itFrom @JackWilshere on Twitter:
FA Chairman David Bernstein dismissed questions about Tottenham Harry Redknapp, saying the matter was a "closed book."
New England manager Roy Hodgson said he has a great respect for Redknapp, and he hoped the two could remain friends. He also said Redknapp texted him to congratulate him.
The Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has tweeted his congratulations to his former boss Roy Hodgson on his appointment as England manager:
Very happy for Roy, he is a very good coach and a good man. Best man for the job!From @1MarkSchwarzer on Twitter:
Roy Hodgson, new England manager, says it is very important for the team to get behind him, and he is expecting nothing less.
He also stressed it was important for the country to get behind the team.
He said he was prepared for the scrutiny that the job entails but that he "will not be thinking too much about the past."
Not sure what to make of Hodgson 4-year deal. Stability good, but int'l mgrs tend to have limited shelf-life. 2014 opt-out clause, I suspectFrom @OliverKayTimes on Twitter:
Personally think Roy's a good choice but will need time, never a commodity offered England managers.From @GlennMoore7 on Twitter:
RH: 'Everybody needs to get behind the players in the tournament. It's always a job to win people over. I know and am confident that I can.'From @thefadotcom on Twitter:
RH: 'I'm prepared for the scrutiny. I'm concentrating on the future, not on the past.'From @thefadotcom on Twitter:
RH: 'I want to give England the type of success that we've wanted since 1966.'From @thefadotcom on Twitter: