David Bernstein admits Roy Hodgson's previous experience of international and tournament football was a key factor in his England appointment.
Hodgson has put pen to paper on a four year contract as Fabio Capello's successor, although he will oversee current club West Brom's final two games of the campaign.
The 64-year-old led Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup and also had a successful spell in charge of Finland a decade later
FA chairman Bernstein said: "We (the FA board) were unanimous in choosing Roy, a manager of vast experience of international and European football.
"This is the first time the FA have appointed an England manager with any previous experience of international football.
"He has experience of major tournaments, having taken Switzerland to the World Cup in 1994. That experience can only help us with our plans for the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
"He has outstanding contacts through his work with UEFA and FIFA, and can walk into any training ground around the world and command respect.
"This experience, ability and track record of building teams made him the outstanding candidate for us."
Bernstein refused to discuss why the FA had not contacted bookmakers favourite, Harry Redknapp.
But he insisted financial issues - Hodgson is out of contract in June at Albion - were not an issue in making the appointment.
Bernstein said: "First to all, I'm not going to discuss any other manager or club. We had a shortlist, and the shortlist was not two people.
"It was more than two people. It was never a two-man race. We are very comfortable with what we did.
"Finance was also not a factor in the decision. We were driven purely by the desire to get the best person. We are unanimously of the view that Roy is the best man for the job."
FA director of football development, Sir Trevor Brooking, admits Hodgson faces a tough task to bring success during Euro 2012 but believes he can improve the squad.
Brooking said: "It's going to be a tough job, whoever the manager is. Sven (Goran Eriksson) was unlucky in 2004. In 2006 we had some injuries. In 2008 we didn't qualify, and 2010 we had a poor tournament.
"Tournament football has always been a big challenge. The lack of success we've had, the expectancy level...the likes of Germany, Holland and Spain will be ahead of us in terms of expectancy.
"But the coach we've appointed can improve the group, which feels they haven't done themselves justice in recent tournaments. The priority has to be the results of the first team."
what do you think?
He's cheap, end of. Best of luck to Roy as our overpaid, pampered stars no doubt underachieve yet again.
What the fa also forgot to say is they have no money left ! After giving the job to so many over paid clowns over the years. Like the swede and postman pat from italy. We have become a joke in world football. Lets hope the papers keep off toys back and give him a fair crack at it. Atleast he can speak the players lingo unlike postman pat
Yet again the F.A have made a panic choice great! you dont here the fans chanting his name like they did for (who for me is the best english manager around) Harry!! In fact nor have you of the players??? Everyone knows Hodgson is second rate! They lost yet again the battle for the right manager and we ended up with crap! We should have chucked money at Harry years ago to have him as manager but the F.A said no he isnt the right man for the job!! Instead we wasted all our money on crap!! Oh how the tides change!! Looks like another early trip home for the England boys!!
Harry has bankrupted more clubs than trophies he has won. Well overrated as a manager and looks like spurs who he should have challenged for the title with are gonna be playing Europa league......just! And for those that put it down to media intervention causes spurs slump in form should remember the media are constantly after the England manager. Harry is overrated as a manager and wanting him for England shows how little most of the English public know about football
Panic choice? They waited 3 months before making the appointment! Hardly panicking is it! And as for harry, hes been a football manager for 30 years and has one trophy to his name. And even that was won at a cost of the club going into administration. Woy has won league titles, cups and has international experience. And before you say he failed at liverpool, well look at them now! Even the worshipped king kenny cant sort that lot out!