Roy Hodgson won’t resign as England manager despite World Cup exit
Hodgson admits that Three Lions are practically out of the tournament, although he will now focus on Euro 2016
June 20th, 2014
Roy Hodgson cut a disconsolate figure on Thursday night as England briefly rallied against Uruguay before Luis Suarez ensured that his Liverpool team-mates would sit bottom of Group D and with barely a hope of making the last sixteen stage.
Before the match, Hodgson had talked about the attacking weaponry at England’s disposal which could unlock the Uruguayan defence, although the Three Lions managed just the one goal when Wayne Rooney met Glen Johnson’s cross to restore parity for a few minutes.
The England manager has faced the inevitable calls for his resignation, although Hodgson will remain in charge until told otherwise by the FA and will now await confirmation of the team’s exit from the competition before focusing on Euro 2016.
He 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 do. I’m bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don’t feel I need to resign, no. On the other hand, and if the Football Association think I’m not the right man to do the job, that will be their decision and not mine.
“Our chances are unbelievably slim now. It will depend on Italy winning their next two matches by a good number of goals, and us beating Costa Rica by the requisite number of goals too. To be in with a chance of continuing we really needed a result this evening – a draw or a victory – and we didn’t get it. I think in both the games we’ve shown some elements of playing good football, and shown we are a team that’s making progress. But results decide everything and both results have been negative.”