Emile Heskey: Roy Hodgson doesn't deserve to be sacked

Roy Hodgson on air

Former England international Emile Heskey believes Roy Hodgson should be spared despite England's poor World Cup showing.

After Thursday's disastrous performance against Uruguay, England's World Cup hopes are hanging by a thread and Roy Hodgson was forced to answer questions about his future.

Of course Hodgson said he was not considering resigning and his focus will be on the next match against Costa Rica which can hopefully lead us into the second round. Although England's results have been poor it shows a lack of class from the media to be asking Hodgson that question when the competition isn't over and England's chances aren't over.

The England manager responded with "I'm bitterly disappointed, of course, but I don't feel I need to resign, no. On the other hand, if the FA think I'm not the right man to do the job, that will be their decision not mine."

He has since received backing from former England striker Emile Heskey. The 36-year-old played in the last World Cup campaign under Fabio Capello when England again underperformed however on that occasion they were in one of the easiest possible groups. That's not the case this time and Heskey feels Roy should be given more time to work with the squad.

"I think he should be spared until the next tournament to really push a new generation of players coming through. You can’t keep changing the manager after every tournament. Who else is there? There are no obvious candidates among the English managers."

Harry Redknapp was a leading candidate to replace Fabio Capello but would unlikely to want to be considered again. Aside from him, Heskey is right when he says there are no other leading English managers suitable for the job.

Whilst another foreign manager is a possibility the former Leicester City, Liverpool, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa striker believes we should promote English talent.

"I enjoyed playing under foreign managers but believe it is the right call to promote English talent for England. I think we should be grooming the best young English coaches for the future."

Redknapp himself believes that Hodgson could have done no more and deserves another tournament. "Roy couldn't have done any more. He's prepared the team well, worked hard, you can see they've got a good camp. At the end of the day, we've come up short."

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