Euro 2016: Contract talk is not a distraction, says England's Roy Hodgson
England manager keeps focus on today’s Slovakia clash amidst speculations about his future with Three Lions
Chantilly: England boss Roy Hodgson insists he is relaxed over his future after Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said he could keep his job if the Three Lions reached the quarter finals at Euro 2016.
England manager Roy Hodgson (left) speaks to midfielder Jack Wilshere as they arrive for a training session on the eve of their Euro 2016 match against Slovakia in Chantilly, France yesterday. Pic/AFP
Hodgson’s contract expires at the end of the tournament in France, with England on the brink of reaching the last 16.
The Three Lions will top Group B with victory against Slovakia in St Etienne today after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Wales on Thursday.
“It’s been raised many times before, it doesn’t make any difference one way or another,” he said at a press conference.
“My contract runs out after this tournament. That’s a fact everyone has known about for the last two years. On a regular basis it gets brought up — should I stay, do I want to stay, what should the FA do?
“Nothing changes in that respect. For myself and the players there is only one thing on our minds and that’s to win the next game and see how far we can go.
‘Preparation is the key’
“We concentrate on what we can do and what we can do is work very hard in our preparation for the game we are about to play. One day, after our stay here ends, the FA will need to make a decision with what they want to do in regards to the future.”
Daniel Sturridge scored the injury-time winner against Wales after coming off the bench at half-time and he could replace the misfiring Harry Kane up front. Leicester’s Jamie Vardy also netted when he was brought on at the break, but Hodgson insists he will not make changes for the sake of it.
“I don’t think it’s absolutely necessary,” he said.
Chantilly: Roy Hodgson’s future as England manager depends on how well the team fare at Euro 2016, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said in a BBC radio interview broadcast yesterday. Dyke, who steps down this month, said that Hodgson’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of the tournament, will be extended if the team “do well” and “play well” in France.