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  • 21 June 2014, 6:30

Hodgson To Keep England Job, Says FA Boss

Roy Hodgson will keep his job regardless of England's failure in the World Cup.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke confirmed he and the FA leadership wanted the manager to see out his current contract, which ends after the 2016 European Championships.

On Wednesday, Sky News revealed the FA was minded to keep faith with Hodgson irrespective of results, and Dyke confirmed that defeat to Uruguay had not changed his mind.

"Everyone's disappointed but we are supportive of Roy," Dyke said.

"He came to do a four-year cycle leading up to the Europeans and we've asked him, we want him to stay and continue that.

"That's the view of myself. That's the view of everybody here and it's the view of everybody at the FA.

"We think there are some positives. It's disappointing to have lost both games narrowly to both the sides - we always knew it was a tough group and those sides are in the top eight.

"There are some positives. We've got some young players that have been blooded and got into tournament football here.

"I think everybody felt we played really well and narrowly lost in the first game and then the second game could of gone either way. We were not humiliated or anything like that.

"They were narrow defeats but it's for the football people, not me, to determine why we didn't win but I think we feel... we don't see any great value in changing Roy.

"We think Roy's done a good job and it's a an approach over four years and we hope to better in the Europeans."

Dyke said he believed the shortage of domestic players in the Premier League - currently just over 30% of starting XIs are English - was an issue but not a decisive factor in England's demise.

"We know that we have a problem with not enough English players playing in the Premier League or even in the Championship now as there used to be, and so the choice is less, but that's not the cause of what's happened here."

Dyke also said he still thought England could win the 2022 World Cup.

"I do actually but I think it means lots of changes in English football, but I think there is a real chance we can win in 2022 - that's the aim," he said.

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