Hodgson angry over Reds treatment

Furious England coach Roy Hodgson was at the centre of a remarkable snub by his former club Liverpool on Sunday.

Last Updated: 01/09/13 at 22:48 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: Reportedly angered by Anfield snub

Roy Hodgson: Reportedly angered by Anfield snub

Hodgson went to Anfield to watch the Premier League encounter between Liverpool, the club he had an unhappy six months in charge of in 2010/11, and Manchester United.

Upon his arrival at the stadium, Hodgson was unhappy to discover he had not been offered the courtesy of a ticket to the directors' lounge, as would usually be customary for an England manager.

He was then less than impressed to discover his seat for the game was in a row he believed was reserved for scouts rather than in the main area of the directors' box, where comedian James Corden was among the guests.

Liverpool later claimed this was not the case and Fabio Capello had sat in exactly the same place when he visited Anfield.

However, they acknowledged a ticketing mistake, for which a club official apologised to Hodgson directly at half-time.

Evidently though, this did not appease the England chief.

Instead of heading to the directors' lounge following the club's intervention, Hodgson opted to sit on his own in the main entrance area at half-time.

He then abandoned his post-match plan of meeting England assistant Gary Neville, who had been commentating on the game, to leave five minutes early and head straight to St George's Park.

With Hodgson clearly annoyed, Press Association Sport understands he did not wish to hang around for fear of what he might say to Liverpool staff.

To make Hodgson's day even worse, both Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson and Manchester United defender Phil Jones suffered ankle injuries that forced their withdrawal from England's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

Hodgson had already been informed Wayne Rooney would not be fit after suffering a nasty gash on the head during training on Saturday, but it is expected match-winner Daniel Sturridge will report for duty despite reporting a groin injury.


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