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Roy Hodgson: Quickly into the Euros

Roy Hodgson: Quickly into the Euros

New England boss Roy Hodgson will not be given the benefit of a honeymoon period, former international defender Sol Campbell has warned.

Campbell says the fact that Hodgson will be plunged straight into Euro 2012 means he will not have the settling-in period that other England managers have enjoyed.

The former Tottenham and Arsenal defender told CNN: "In the beginning, there's always a honeymoon period. They [the media] usually give you a little bit of a grace of a couple of months.

"But because the tournament is upon us, really, there's no honeymoon period."

Campbell added that the controversial front-page headline which made fun of Hodgson's manner of speech on Wednesday was "in bad taste". The Sun's headline 'Bwing on the Euwos' led to more than 100 complaints to the Press Complaints Commission and to criticism from the FA.

An FA statement said: "On this occasion, we will not be making an official complaint to the PCC but we have raised it with the newspaper and made it clear that their front page is unacceptable to us."

FA chairman David Bernstein added: "We are delighted at the media response to Roy's appointment but are disappointed with the headline in The Sun, which we consider is in poor taste and disrespectful."

In its story the Sun said Hodgson was "affectionately known as Woy due to his speech impediment".

Hodgson will pass up the chance to watch a number of England hopefuls in the FA Cup final on Saturday because he is committed to preparing West Brom for his penultimate game in charge of the Baggies.

The 64-year-old will see out the end of the season with West Brom, and that means he will be on their training pitch on Saturday instead of at Wembley to watch Chelsea play Liverpool.

Hodgson, unlike previous England managers Fabio Capello and Sven-Goran Eriksson ahead of their first games in charge of the national team, already has detailed knowledge of all the English players in the Premier League.

"The players are pretty well known to me, even if I haven't worked with many of them," said Hodgson, who has postponed the naming of his squad until after the last game of the season.

He has already confirmed that he will take Wayne Rooney to Euro 2012 despite the Manchester United player being suspended for the first two games of the European Championships.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, who played under Hodgson at Anfield, has given the new England manager his full backing.

Hodgson endured a difficult 191-day reign at Liverpool during which time the club was in midst of a takeover.

Gerrard said: "Roy is a good manager. I've worked with him before but I think he took the Liverpool job at the wrong time.

"My opinion of him has not changed before he got the (Liverpool) job, while he had the job and after it.

"He was very good technically, very thorough, a great guy and very loyal among the players."

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