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Roy Hodgson Considering Staying England Boss Until Russia 2018

Hodgson’s current deal expires after the 2016 Euros.

Roy Hodgson has yet to rule out staying on as England national team manager up to the 2018 Russia World Cup, reports Sunday People.

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Hodgson’s current deal would see him leave the role as Three Lions coach after the 2016 European Championships.

And the former West Brom and Fulham coach was expected to step aside following the Euros in France next year, provided England qualify for it.

But a new deal with the national side could see him still be coaching England into his 70s and he has yet ruled himself out of ruing the roost over the World Cup qualifying campaign which would begin in September 2016.

“We’ll see, I don’t know. At the moment I feel good and I don’t feel anything like my age and I hope that will continue for a few more years,” says Hodgson.

“I prefer to let the future take care of itself and see what develops from there so it’s not something that occupies me at the moment.

“I am quite confident When the day comes I will know what the right time is and I’ll do it but I have an important job to do which I really enjoy and as for 2018 and 2020 we will see.

“I haven’t made any decision. I retired at 60 before I went to Fulham and was on the way to Inter Milan to join Massimo Moratti as his presidential advisor and go into semi retirement.

“But here I am eight years later working in the biggest job in the country so that taught me not to make any decisions on those things.”

A potential benefit for Hodgson staying on with England would be the ability to work with developing youngsters like Harry Kane and Danny Ings, both of whom are thought to be on the brink of England call-ups.

The two could feature in England’s upcoming friendly with Italy at the end of March.

“Some of these players will be only 23 in 2018. I would say that with the current crop to be realistic you would say it will be 2022 when they will be at their peak” says Hodgson.

“But you can also win things when you’re not at the peak of your powers. So I wouldn’t write off 2016 or 2018. We are doing our level best to go to France next year and win it.”

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