Roy Hodgson said tonight that he would not resign after England lost their two opening games at a World Cup finals for the first time.
The 66-year-old said that his fate was not in his hands, although there is no appetite at the Football Association to change manager again little more than two years after Fabio Capello quit. Hodgson was given a four-year contract in May 2012 and he is due to take the team through the Euro 2016 qualification and, the FA hopes, to the finals in France.
There is still a slim chance England could qualify for the knockout rounds if Italy win their two remaining games and England beat Costa Rica by the requisite margin to see them finish second on goal difference. Asked whether he had considered resigning, Hodgson said: “No. I don't have any intention to resign. I've been really happy with the way the players have responded to the work we've tried to.
“I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no. On the other hand, and if the FA think I'm not the right man to do the job, that will be their decision, and not mine.”
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