Brendan Rodgers & Roy Hodgson.

Bookmaker Skybet install Brendan Rodgers as the favourite to be next England manager

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The European Championships are just around the corner and England's hopes are beginning to build once more to what may very well be an anti-climatic finish.

Current England manager Roy Hodgson appears pretty committed to the group of players he has put together over the course of the last four years, indicating that he is prepared to include Jack Wilshire for the finals in France this summer even if he fails to set foot on a pitch for Arsenal this season.

However, the 68-year-old's contract is due to come to an end following the finals across the Channel and with the Three Lions arguably in no better shape than when he found them, the bookies have been speculating on who the next man will be to lead the national side.

It's worth noting at this stage, Hodgson hasn't sat down with the FA to talk about a new contract to prevent an 'unsavoury position' for the former Fulham boss.

So while extending the Hodgson reign isn't out of the question, Skybet believe that a former Liverpool boss is primed to step into the breach should he depart.

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Brendan Rodgers is now 4/1 to become only the third non-Englishmen after Fabio Capello and Sven-Goran Eriksson to lead the Three Lions.

After a fairly acrimonious departure from Anfield, it's hard to believe Merseyside is pining for the Northern-Irishmen to succeed another former Liverpool boss in Hodgson.

Gary Neville and Alan Pardew - two managers enduring a tough time at the moment - are second and third favourites respectively.

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Rodgers would certainly bring a clear identity and style to the table if he were to become England boss and after years of insipid, frustrating play, he could be a surprisingly effective tonic to England's stars.

Do the bookies know something we don't? Could Brendan Rodgers succeed as England boss where transfers like Mario Balotelli can't haunt him? Let us know!

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