Former England captain Terry Butcher has insisted that Roy Hodgson should be in the dugout come the World Cup in 2018.
Hodgson’s England contract expires following next summer’s European Championships in France where the Lions will face Wales, Slovakia and Russia.
The former Liverpool and Fulham manager has been under slight scrutiny in recent games and if he fails to deliver a memorable tournament next summer, Hodgson could face the exit.
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However, according to talkSPORT, Butcher feels confident that the current boss will remain in the hot seat when England travel to Russia in 2018.
“He should have one more tournament after this to take this young group through to the World Cup finals rather than have someone else come in and the whole philosophy change round.”
Since taking over in May 2012, Hodgson has led the country to 28 victories in 47 games, only facing defeat six times.
The 68-year old has additionally led England to a European quarter-final, however, failed to progress in the 2014 World Cup where they finished bottom of Group D. The England manager must deliver next summer if he wants to put pen to paper on a contract extension of which the former Three Lions defender is confident of seeing.
Reports suggest the Football Association could turn their interest towards a foreign manager if all fails in France with local managers such as Gary Neville and Brendan Rodgers also a possibility.
Butcher feels that it would be a ‘disaster’ if the FA fail to stand by Hodgson regardless of the outcome next summer.
Additionally, the 56-year old told Drivetime: “With the younger players coming through, they respect him and the chemistry is right around the squad, both on and off the pitch.”
With the increase of home-grown talent, there is a whole new perspective of how England can strive to success. Last season saw Tottenham striker Harry Kane dominate proceedings as he netted 31 goals in all competitions, exceeding himself to become England’s future frontman, replacing the injury-prone duo Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck.
Kane adds to the long list of upcoming England talent including the likes of John Stones, Jordon Ibe, Jack Grealish and James Ward-Prowse who will all be looking to impress before next year’s European Championships and the 2018 World Cup.
Despite Hodgson not possessing any so-called 'world class' players in the current England side, Butcher believes “What we (England) do have is a team that shows passion, fights for the jersey and that’s something that the fans can relate to very well.”
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