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Roy Hodgson hopeful for World Cup success

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England manager Roy Hodgson has warned fans not to rule them out of World Cup glory at this summer's tournament in Brazil. 

Hodgson, who took England to the Euro 2012 quarter finals before succumbing to more penalty heartbreak against Italy, told BBC Sport " I definitely don't think that we are favourites to win the tournament, but I also refuse to believe we need to be written off." 

England's road to glory begins on June 14 against the side who knocked them out of the last Euro's, before taking on Uruguay and Costa Rica. 

Former Fulham, West Brom and Liverpool manager Hodgson made his comments whilst on a trip to Manaus, where England will kick off their campaign. 

In recent days, Hodgson has also discussed the chances of certain individuals travelling as part of his 23 man squad, and young winger Raheem Sterling is a name that could be on the list.

He said: "He is doing it for a top team and that puts a lot of pressure on everybody else because if you can do it at the top of the table with Liverpool then you can do it in an England shirt as well."

The 19-year-old has just one cap to his name, but has been at the heart of Liverpool's title challenge, grabbing a brace in the 5-1 hammering of Arsenal. 

Hodgson has also ruled out the return of John Terry, who retired from international football after the FA refused to accept his innocence in the Anton Ferdinand racism case. The Chelsea captain has been at the heart of The Blues resolute defence, and has formed an impressive partnership with England starter, Gary Cahill.

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