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Image: Hodgson: Could be a candidate for the England job when Capello stands aside

Roy Hodgson has admitted his experience with Liverpool would make him think twice about taking the England job next year.

West Brom boss may consider turning down national team

Roy Hodgson has admitted his experience with Liverpool would make him think twice about taking the England job when Fabio Capello steps down. Hodgson has never made a secret of his desire to manage his country and, a little over a year ago, he was one of the favourites to succeed Capello. Former Inter Milan boss Hodgson's stock was higher than ever after leading Fulham to the Europa League final and he was headhunted by Liverpool to replace Rafa Benitez. However, he endured a miserable start and was dismissed in January, with some critics suggesting he should never have been given the job in the first place. Hodgson was out of work for a matter of weeks before West Brom came calling and, after successfully keeping them away from relegation, is now being talked of in terms of England once again. But it is very much a case of once bitten, twice shy for the 63-year-old, who would consider turning down any approach from the Football Association if he felt the media and fans were against him. He said: "I would rather hope if I was ever going to be offered the England job, it would be with the backing of the important people. "Otherwise, it's going to be a very difficult job for anyone who takes the job. "Because, even if you've got the competence and, if you maybe are the 'right person', you need to be perceived as the right person. "And the perception of my Liverpool appointment was not right and as a result, of course, you end up paying for it."


Hodgson continues to maintain the Liverpool job was impossible to turn down. Despite his reservations, he was coy about whether the same applied with England, who will be looking for a new manager after Euro 2012 when Capello intends to stand aside. "To be honest, it's not something I go around thinking about," Hodgson said. "If I get the question, I try to deal with it. I'm perfectly happy working as a club coach, in the Premier League. "If that day arrives, when I do get invited to talk to the FA, I will see what happens then." The criticism Hodgson received at Anfield is nothing compared to the abuse he could suffer as England boss. "I think it's impossible to be liked while you're doing it," he said. "Sometimes, the true judgement on what you've done during your tenure is recognised afterwards. During the time, it's peoples' job to criticise, analysis, tear things apart and dissect them." One reason Hodgson, and Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, have been so heavily touted for the England job is the FA's previous insistence the next manager would be English. That stance has softened but former Switzerland and Finland head coach Hodgson believes they could be swayed by public opinion. "I don't think as someone who's managed three teams as a foreigner I should say, 'It's got to be an Englishman'," he said. "To some extent, it would be very unwise of the FA to go down another route because I'm pretty sure the country now is in the mood for an Englishman managing their national team."

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