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Hodgson's Job Safe If England Lose Tonight
Roy Hodgson is likely to keep his job as England manager even if his team are eliminated in the first round of the World Cup.
England face Uruguay in Sao Paulo today in a game they must win to remain in control of their World Cup fate, but Sky News understands that the Football Association will let Hodgson fulfil the remaining two years of his contract even if they are knocked out.
The progress shown by Hodgson's side, and particularly his faith in young players selected for Brazil, has made a compelling case for him to continue in the eyes of senior FA figures.
That faith might be shaken were the tournament to end in genuine humiliation, but for now there is support not only for Hodgson's long-term plans, but also confidence that his team can get the results the require in the remaining two group games.
The public and media response to defeat against Italy has been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the attacking verve of Hodgson's side led by Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge.
Should the mood remain supportive despite the disappointment of a truncated campaign it would allow the FA to continue to back Hodgson to develop the young side.
Hodgson says he is confident England can secure the results they need to reach the second round of the World Cup.
He said he was un phased about the possibility of following Spain out of the tournament after just two games.
The reigning champions were knocked out on Thursday night after losing to Chile, and Hodgson's side could follow if they lose to Uruguay, and Italy and Costa Rica draw on Friday.
"In this competition, if you don't win your games you go out," Hodgson said. "We don't want to be eliminated There's no lessons.''
''I am confident. We have three important games. Each one stands alone. We have analysed the good and bad from Italy but we've got it out of our system and we're focused 100% on Uruguay.
"We always knew one team was going to find it difficult to qualify but we will do everything in our power to make sure it's us who go through, not Uruguay."
Captain Steven Gerrard has warned the young players in the squad how painful elimination can be.
"The message is quite clear: I have spoken to the group during the week to reiterate the message of the pain involved with going out at World Cups. We don't want that.
"We want to stay here as long as possible. I'm sure the young lads in the squad are aware how difficult a summer it will be if we fail tomorrow."
Uruguay will be boosted by the return of the Premier League's leading scorer Luis Suarez, who missed their opening game defeat to Costa Rica following knee surgery.
Manager Oscar Tabarez warned that Suarez may be below the form and fitness he showed for Liverpool, and also confirmed that captain Diego Lugano will miss the game with a knee injury.
England are expected to retain the starting XI that lost to Italy, with Wayne Rooney resuming the central striking role he ceded to Raheem Sterling in Manaus.