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Players Back New England Boss Hodgson

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England players Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere have backed the appointment of new boss Roy Hodgson.

The 64-year-old West Bromwich manager was named as the new England coach on Tuesday on a four-year contract and immediately he called for support from the media and fans for the team ahead of the 2012 European Championships.

“It is a very proud day for me, I’m a very happy man to be offered the chance to manage my country,” Hodgson said.

“I’m looking forward to the task ahead. Everyone knows it is not an easy one but I’m hoping that everyone, fans and supporters will get behind the team.

“It’s the team that counts, they go out and win football matches. What I’ll do is try to make sure the team is well prepared for the challenge ahead. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson’s players got behind him, with Gerrard - widely expected to replace John Terry as captain - offering his full support for his ex-Liverpool boss.

“I’ve worked with Roy. He’s a good man and a good manager. It’s important he’s given a chance and I’m looking forward to working with him again,” he said.

Wilshere wrote on Twitter: “For England….good choice in my opinion! Good luck and I hope I can help him in some way in the future!”

Hodgson also confirmed he would take Wayne Rooney to the Euros despite his two-game suspension.

I’m looking forward to Wayne Rooney coming to the Euros with us and making a contribution even though he cannot play the first two games, he said.

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