If Fabio goes, Hodg­son should re­place him

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

SO what’s the al­ter­na­tive to Fabio Capello, I hear you cry?

Sim­ple – there is only one. Step for­ward Mr Roy Hodg­son.

Spurs man­ager Harry Red­knapp might al­ready be the book­ies favourite to be the next na­tional boss, but he has al­ready pub­licly urged FA chiefs to stand by Capello.

Red­knapp en­joys buy­ing and sell­ing play­ers too much so I’d ques­tion whether man­ag­ing an in­ter­na­tional side would suit him, whereas Hodg­son is per­fect.

An in­tel­li­gent man who ap­pears to know the game in­side out and who has spent much of his no­madic ca­reer right across the Euro­pean con­ti­nent over-achiev­ing.

He led Switzer­land to two ma­jor tour­na­ments and was only a whisker away from guid­ing the frosty Finns into Euro 2008.

Hodg­son has been noth­ing short of sen­sa­tional dur­ing his time as Ful­ham man­ager and is se­ri­ously de­serv­ing of a move across London to Soho Square.

He would be the per­fect per­son to mould a new-look Eng­land side for years to come – the only down­side is that it might con­tain Bobby Zamora. But af­ter stom­ach­ing Emile Heskey for so long, that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.

GOAL-DEN BOY: Ar­jen Robben af­ter scor­ing against Slo­vakia.

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