Hodgson May Be Appointed England Manager Today, Guardian Reports

Roy Hodgson may be appointed as England soccer manager today following four hours of talks with the Football Association yesterday, the Guardian reported.

Hodgson and his agent, Leon Angel, will continue discussions with the F.A’s four-man appointment panel at London’s Wembley Stadium today on a contract that will run through at least the 2014 World Cup, the Guardian said.

Hodgson, 64, was granted permission by West Bromwich Albion on April 29 to speak to English soccer’s governing body about the post left vacant when Fabio Capello quit in February. The F.A. said two days ago that Hodgson is the only person it has approached.

Hodgson coached the national teams of Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates as well as Inter Milan in Italy, Malmo in Sweden, and English clubs Blackburn, Fulham and Liverpool. He took over West Brom in February 2011 after being fired by Liverpool.

Stuart Pearce, England’s under-21 manager, has overseen training and an exhibition match since Capello’s departure. England is preparing for the European Championship, which starts June 8 in Poland and Ukraine.

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