By Nicholas Veevers
Roy Hodgson has spoken of his joy at leading England during The FA’s 150th year.
The Three Lions Manager was joined by predecessors such as Fabio Capello, Terry Venables, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Graham Taylor at the FA150 launch event in London on Wednesday.
A number of the game’s biggest names, both domestic and internationally, were also present to see a showcase of The FA’s work across the sport.
And after seeing the ceremony at the Grand Connaught Rooms, the original site where The FA was formed in 1863, Hodgson was happy to admit his pride in the job.
He said: “There were so many people, from all walks of the game, and some top players and coaches paying such tribute to The FA.
“Football is part of our culture and I think we should be aware of that, so I was pleased that the event went so well and I’m pleased that so many people have had a chance to see what The FA does.
“Personally, if I hadn’t realised the immensity of the honour, then it was really brought out by today’s launch.
“So it’s quite nice to know that at the moment, you’re the man working for them.”
Hodgson took over from Capello last May and took England into the Euro 2012 Finals in Poland and Ukraine, where they reached the quarter final.
He’s now hoping to add to the FA150 celebrations by overseeing qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which ends in October.
And he knows that the whole nation is hoping to see the Three Lions succeed over the next nine months, along with the expectation that rests on him and the squad.
“There is a lot of pressure in this job and it is a very prestigious job and one which really puts you in the spotlight,” he added.
“In terms of English football and being part of English football, I think this is really an important job.
“We’re all aware that when you take the job on, you take on a massive responsibility because a nation wants you to succeed.
“You’ve got to hope that the public understand that you’re nothing more than a football coach trying to do the job to the best of his ability.”
By Nicholas Veevers