Hodgson learning to live with attention

22 July 2012 05:17

England manager Roy Hodgson admits it is difficult to enjoy the attention that comes along with his role.

A lacklustre showing in this summer's European Championships saw Hodgson receive criticism in some quarters, with England battling into the quarter-finals but then losing on penalties to Italy after an uninspiring goalless draw.

And Hodgson said: "I don't know how much I enjoy it. I enjoy the job of being the England national team manager and I accept the things that go with that. I certainly don't seek out the cameras but I know they're going to follow me and I have to learn to live with it."

He added: "I'm sure I will get caught out on many occasions doing something I shouldn't!"

Hodgson was speaking on BBC Radio's Test Match Special broadcast from the Oval, where he was watching England's cricketers take on South Africa, and contrasted the situation in football to cricket's central contract system.

"We can never get away from the fact we as a national (football) team don't pay the players," he said. "They play for the honour of representing their country, and their money and livelihood comes from the clubs.

"Which master do you serve, the one you want to because you want to play for your country or the one who pays your wages?

"It hasn't been a problem so far, the clubs have been very co-operative and there have been no problems with players.

"I've been party to it with Switzerland and Finland, situations where clubs have an important game coming up and would rather their player stay with them rather than risk injury.

"It's better now FIFA have these dates where the club game is closed down for 10 days. They're doing everything they can to ensure the clubs don't suffer from loaning their players out."

Source: PA

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