England boss Roy Hodgson.
England boss Roy Hodgson. SRDJAN SUKI

England manager Hodgson won’t beg to keep position

England manager Roy Hodgson has told his Football Association bosses he will not "beg" for an extension of his contract beyond the European Championships, despite widespread criticism of the team's campaign in the Euro 2016 group stages.

Hodgson leads his team into a last-16 clash with Iceland Tuesday morning (Australian time) in Nice and says he is not at the mercy of the English governing body after the tournament and still wants the role however England fairs in France.

"I'm not begging for the job," Hodgson said.

"I am prepared to carry on. It is different to wanting it. I'm prepared to carry on if the FA want me to.

"I believe in what I've done, in particular over the last couple of years.

"I believe in the team I am working with and believe the team is showing such potential that it will go on and do good things and if the FA want me to continue with me looking after them I will be happy to do so."

Hodgson is expected to change England's attacking options again by returning Harry Kane to the starting line-up at the expense of Jamie Vardy, relegated to the bench. But Daniel Sturridge is expected to retain his place ahead of Raheem Sterling.

In tomorrow morning's other game Italy takes on defending champion Spain.

Wales and Portugal are through to the quarter-finals after 1-0 wins over Northern Ireland and Croatia, respectively. Poland and Switzerland drew 1-1 after extra time with the Poles progressing 5-4 on penalties.

- with INM



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