Olsson hails 'unique' Hodgson

Swedish defender backs his West Brom boss for England role

Jonas Olsson: Defender thinks Roy Hodgson has the experience to success as England manager

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West Brom defender Jonas Olsson says Roy Hodgson is a "unique" manager and has backed him to succeed as England coach.

Baggies head coach Hodgson arrived at Wembley on Monday to discuss replacing Fabio Capello as Three Lions boss.

The move has led to some criticism from the English media, with many believing Harry Redknapp, who had been the strong favourite before the Football Association approached Hodgson, should be handed the role.

But Sweden international Olsson has given his current club manager a glowing reference.

Respected

"He has done pretty damn well at West Brom and he did well at Fulham," Olsson told Swedish newspaper DN.se.

"He is a respected name in the UK.

"He is quite unique as an English manager since he has been a coach abroad."

Olsson, who could line up for Sweden against England at Euro 2012, also praised Hodgson's organisational skills and ability to pull players together during his time at The Hawthorns.

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