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Germany role not to be for England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that Franz Beckenbauer's input may have been the key factor in him missing out on becoming Germany's first foreign coach.

Hodgson said Beckenbauer, a World Cup winner with West Germany both as a player and coach, felt the Englishman would have stood in the way of upcoming German coaches.

Hodgson's stock was high at the time, having led Switzerland to the 1994 World Cup finals and to qualification for Euro 96.

Hodgson said that the German Football Association (DFB) president at the time, Egidius Braun, had been keen on him.

"It was an honour when Braun called me," Hodgson said.

"At the time, my friend Franz Beckenbauer pointed out that a foreign coach would not have helped the German coaching programme."

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