The England Manager speaks to FATV about his first year in charge and the future
By Nicholas Veevers
Roy Hodgson has now been in charge of England for just over a year and sat down with FATV to look back, and forward, at his spell with the Three Lions.
The England Manager selects a squad for the close season games with Republic of Ireland and Brazil on Thursday and admits a lot has changed during his first 12 months in the role.
But after a busy year of European Championship Finals, World Cup qualifiers and FA150 celebrations to contend with, Hodgson is looking forward to the future.
He told FATV: "I've enjoyed it and I regard it as having been a very good year.
"I was a thrown into the deep end of the pool to start with, with just a few weeks and then the European Championships, but I enjoyed that period and the bond me and my staff were able to form with the players.
"We've got a tough autumn coming up and we've got to make sure in the next qualifying games, three of the four are at home, that we press home our advantage and get to Brazil.
"But it has gone very quickly and the support I have received from everybody has been very good, from the general public and here at The FA.
"People could not have done more to make me feel welcome and to make me feel that we were all pulling in the same direction and trying to achieve the same goal.”
Hodgson has also had to oversee the introduction and subsequent international development of numerous younger players in the Senior squad.
That is something which he continues to do and has a constant eye upon Stuart Pearce’s Under-21 squad to see emerging English talent on the international stage.
And with the Young Lions off to Israel for this summer’s European Under-21 Championship Finals in June, Hodgson will be present to see them in action too.
He added: "We can't deny that there is a changing of the guard.
"We've had a very strong group of players going through the last three tournaments.
"They are all outstanding players who are still good players today and are all still playing in the Premier League.
"But if we are going to raise our heads and look to the future we have to start giving more responsibility to some of the younger ones who are coming through.
"We've got tremendous talent and great potential but we're never going to see that potential if we keep on with the old guard.
"I'm really hoping that some of the players who have come into the team recently and excited us are going to kick-on and that we're going to discover one or two more.
"There are some interesting players in Stuart's squad for the summer which could quite easily be in my squad when that tournament’s finished.”
Watch the full interview with Roy in the Video Player below.