Hodgson: I'm Not A Quitter

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  • England manager Roy Hodgson has hit back at reporters questioning his future with the Three Lions, saying that the players and FA have offered their full support.

    After several managers including Italy's Cesare Prandelli quit their roles following group stage exits this week, Hodgson snapped back when that fact was brought up in a press conference. The England manager said stepping down is not an option, and that he intents to lead the team to better things in Euro 2016. 

    "I get no feeling whatsoever that any of [the players] will want me to resign", said Hodgson. "I have no reason to do so. I have no intention to do so I'm not a quitter, I believe in this team and that the FA seriously want me to keep doing this job, as do the players, so therefore I will continue to do it and I'll try and lead the team to Euro 2016 and try to get some good results."

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    In a week full of manager resignations, Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez was the most recent to step down after a 3-0 defeat to Switzerland left Honduras eliminated from Group E. "It's time for a change", said Suarez. "I'll take positive memories from this experience and I'll always be a Honduras fan."

    Iran manager Carlos Queiroz has announced he is quitting as Iran coach after the team failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup in Brazil.

    Queiroz, formerly Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant manager at Manchester United, said: "I didn't receive any single concrete or attractive proposal to stay on over the last 11 months. I have just come here to say thank you to all who have supported me and given me this opportunity to work for Iran."

    Japan's coach Alberto Zaccheroni also quit after taking full responsibility for the Asian champions' group stage exit, while Ivory Coast's Sabri Lamouchi and Bosnia's Safet Susic are set to leave their managerial positions also.

    Italy manager Prandelli quit after his side's Group D loss to Uruguay meant the 2006 champions failed to qualify for the last 16, Prandelli saying: “I talked to the President of the Federation and Demetrio Albertini, and gave my resignation. The technical set-up didn't work, and I take all responsibility for that."

    France manager Didier Deschamps meanwhile says that his side must fight to beat Nigeria in their last 16 clash in Brasilia. Nigeria have impressed in the 2014 World Cup, and are 7/1 to beat France with Bet365 and reach the Quarter-Finals.

    Deschamps said: "My team selection was not by chance and it's important that all players get into the rhythm. Now we have five days to prepare for our game against Nigeria. Nigeria are a strong fast team who have great qualities and it is going to be a really difficult match and we will have to fight."

    France face Nigeria on Monday 30 June and kick off at 5pm in Brasilia for their last-16 match. Click here to compare last 16 odds for the 2014 World Cup.

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