Hodgson and Manaus make up ahead of World Cup

Roy Hodgson has attempted to make amends with the city of Manaus ahead of the World Cup following a public spat with the mayor last December.

The England manager previously said that Manaus, renowned for its heat and humility, was the place to avoid during the World Cup, much to the annoyance of mayor Arthur Birgilo who released a statement saying England would not be welcome.

With England due to face Italy in the opening game in Manaus, Hodgson attempted to defuse the row by writing a letter to the city's governor Omar Aziz.

Roy Hodgson has attempted to make amends with the city of Manaus. Credit: PA Wire

Hodgson said he was looking forward to experiencing the city to learn more about the culture, history and people of Manaus, in what promises to be "one of the highlights of the tournament" for England.

Officials said they were now planning a warm reception for the England team when they arrive in June.

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