Next summer will be the most important of Roy Hodgson's life.
The former PE teacher from Croydon has led his home nation to the most prestigious competition in world football - but will it be worthwhile?
When the World Cup comes around, every country believes their side can go the full way and be victorious; however, for England it has not been that way for a while now. The major competitions have often been a coffin for the manager in charge but Hodgson has given this England side a balance that could compete against the best.
We saw England progress after resilient performances against Montenegro and Poland. The defence was more often than not convincing and the direct nature of the debutant Andros Townsend allowed England to be dangerous both on the break and when England has plenty of possession.
Hodgson has also installed a confidence within Wayne Rooney, that he can perform at his highest level for the national team being England's top goalscorer in the qualification process.
Hodgson was successful with his first international job with Switzerland, leading them to a major tournament, which was a massive achievement for this country.
He also established himself at Fulham with the magnificent Europa Cup campaign unfortunately being beaten in the final. This gave him the opportunity at Liverpool; however, this unsuccessful spell almost put him down on fans feelings towards him. A successful West Brom career loomed opening the door the England role.
The 66-year-old is patriotic about the country and wants the team to succeed as much as the fans do, and this desire is shown through the fight that the team has shown in the recent victories to gain admission to Rio.
He has slowly installed new players that he believes can influence the team whilst keeping the experience that is needed in big games.
Hodgson may surprise a few people at this World Cup.
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