1. National

Brazil mayor: England 'welcome' in city after Hodgson spat

The mayor of a Brazilian city where England start their World Cup campaign said the Three Lions are "welcome in the Amazon" after a spat with Roy Hodgson. The England manager will tour Manaus later today.

View all 3 updates ›

Brazil mayor to 'welcome England' after Hodgson spat

The mayor of the Brazilian city where England will kick off their World Cup campaign has played down a spat with manager Roy Hodgson and declared the Three Lions "welcome in the Amazon".

Manaus mayor Arthur Virgilio Neto had originally said England were "not welcome" after Hodgson described the humid city as a "place to avoid" before FIFA's draw was made.

The England boss, who is today visiting the city's still-in-construction stadium, has since apologised and Mr Neto told ITV News the squabble was "just a misunderstanding".

ITV News' Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports from Manaus:

More top news