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Hodgson to stay on as England’s coach

Rio de Janeiro: Roy Hodgson has been asked by the English Football Association to remain in charge of the national team until 2016 despite early elimination from the World Cup on Friday.

England have opened the tournament in Brazil with losses to Italy and Uruguay, and their hopes of advancing from Group D ended when Italy lost 0-1 to Costa Rica on Friday.

At Hodgson’s first tournament as coach, England reached the quarter finals of the 2012 European Championship, and the FA wants him to see out his contract until after Euro 2016.

“We’re supportive of Roy Hodgson. We’ve asked him to stay on as coach,” FA chairman Greg Dyke said.

“We do not see any value in changing. We think Roy has done a good job and it is an approach over four years and we hope to do better in the European Championships.”

Dyke was satisfied with how England’s youthful team performed.

“Everybody thought we played really well in the first game (against Italy) and narrowly lost,” he said. “In the second game it could have gone either way. We were not humiliated or anything like that. They were narrow defeats, but it is for the football people, not for me to identify why we did not win.”

After the Uruguay game, Hodgson had insisted that he would not walk away from the job.

“I’m bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don’t feel I need to resign, no,” 66-year-old Hodgson said.

Hodgson said Luis Suarez’s late winner, his second goal of the night, was an “unbelievable blow” after England worked their back into the game with a Wayne Rooney equaliser.

“We believed we could do enough to get a result in this game. Having worked so hard to get back to 1-1 I believed we would go on to win the game or at least draw, so to concede the second goal is an unbelievable blow.

“We are more than disappointed, we’re devastated.”

Hodgson said he was also taken aback by the manner of Uruguay’s winner, which came when a speculative ball from goalkeeper Fernando Muslera skidded off Steven Gerrard’s head and into the path of Suarez.