The England Manager is excited by Brazil as he talks at Soccerex in Rio
As Brazil builds up to become the focal point of world football in 2014, Roy Hodgson
says he’s excited by the prospect of taking an England team to Rio.
The Three Lions boss, along with FA General Secretary Alex Horne and Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington, have been in Brazil’s second city this week for the Soccerex Global Convention.
Hodgson spoke at the conference on Tuesday about the ‘Secrets of the Dugout – The Manager’s Perspective’ alongside Brazilian legend Zico.
Meanwhile Bevington and Horne were also involved in sessions discussing the World Cup Base Camps, the Media and goal-line technology.
Ahead of the convention, there was the opportunity to visit potential training camps and hotels, should England reach the 2014 World Cup
Brazil will welcome the Three Lions for a short tour in June, which will form part of The FA’s 150th Anniversary celebrations
But Hodgson says he is focused on making sure England return to South America 12 months later when the World Cup arrives in Brazil.
“There’s a huge feeling of anticipation about coming here,” Hodgson said during a sit down interview in Rio with The Times newspaper
“But there’s an element of nervous tension, as well, about having that degree of responsibility on me.
“You can’t get away from the fact that it’s football 24/7 here.
“I would be devastated if we weren’t able to qualify so we’ll do everything in our power to make sure it doesn’t happen.
“Everybody is hanging on with bated breath, hoping that we get here. But I’m confident we will be. I’m certainly excited.”
Bevington has also been impressed with how Brazil is building up to the World Cup and says The FA is committed to being good tourists next summer and beyond.
“The atmosphere generally around Brazil is just incredible.” said Bevington. “The welcoming you receive and the preparation for the World Cup is fantastic.
“It’s really important that The FA and the England team make really strong efforts to reach out and engage with the international audience, with the Brazilian media and the Brazilian authorities.”
He added: “There have been occasions in our history when we haven’t always done that so well at tournaments, and we have to ensure that we get it right this time.
“We’re looking to put together a strong programme of charity work that the players can engage in next summer and building on that for a legacy for 2014 and onwards.“
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