England manager Roy Hodgson appealed for supporters to get behind the Three Lions following his appointment as national team coach yesterday.

Hodgson, who signed a four-year deal, was seen as a surprise choice for the role, with Harry Redknapp the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello.

But FA chairman David Bernstein asserted that Hodgson's international experience and success at club level made him the preferred candidate.

Elsewhere, in the Premier League last night, Liverpool slumped to yet another defeat at Anfield, while Stoke City held Everton to a draw.


In today's transfer news, Sir Alex Ferguson has been linked with a sensational move to bring Barcelona defender Gerard Pique back to Manchester United. (Daily Star)

Chelsea are reportedly preparing a £20m plus bid to tempt Everton to sell Belgian international midfielder Marouane Fellaini. (Daily Mirror)

And finally, Liverpool are targeting 21-year-old FC Twente and Holland forward Luuk de Jong - but face competition from 15 other clubs. (The Sun)

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