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The Punter: Roy Hodgson will get time in England job

Roy Hodgson won't have his troubles to seek now that he's in the England hot-seat.

In terms of experience especially at international level, the 64-year-old has a record to be proud of, having done a marvellous job in taking Switzerland to the last 16 of the 1994 World Cup and the 1996 Euro finals. He managed Finland in 2006-07, taking them to their highest ever FIFA ranking (33rd) and had a spell in the UAE among his much-travelled portfolio.

But England is a different kettle of fish and unfortunately for Roy, the pressure for immediate success will be fierce, starting with the Euro finals this summer.

At club level, he's renowned for taking Fulham to their first European final two years ago, something that landed him the job at Liverpool. But his Anfield experience was far from a memorable one and he left by mutual consent after only six months, giving rise to speculation that he could not handle the bigger clubs and player power.

There will be many who'll argue the England job should have gone to Harry Redknapp but in all honesty, the latter has no form at international level unlike the new man.

Hodgson was backed at 50/1 on Betfair with Redknapp considered past the post at one point (1/5).

He's 11/4 with Ladbrokes to be gone before the start of the World Cup qualifying stages and it's 15/8 England fail to get out of their Euro 2012 group which is a strong possibility. Hodgson has to be given some time, so no matter what happens in Poland and the Ukraine, he will be a the helm at the start of the World Cup and odds of 1/4 is money for old rope.

As for England winning the Euros (10/1), forget it.

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