Gerrard praises Hodgson

Dalglish also backs new England manager

Steven Gerrard: Has spoken of his belief that Roy Hodgson is a good manager

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Steven Gerrard has reiterated his belief that Roy Hodgson is a good choice as England boss, praising his loyalty and honesty.

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West Brom chief Hodgson was confirmed as Fabio Capello's replacement as England manager in a press conference at Wembley on Tuesday.

Liverpool skipper Gerrard worked with Hodgson last season during the 64-year-old's ill-fated spell in charge of the Reds.

And despite Hodgson refusing to confirm the midfielder would be his choice of England captain, Gerrard - who also released a statement backing the new manager on Tuesday - again chose to praise the FA decision.

"Yes, I think it's a good appointment," said the 31-year-old.

"I think all the candidates that were up for the job, that the media were talking about being in the running for the manager's job, were good candidates.

"I think he took the Liverpool job at the wrong time but my opinion of Roy hasn't changed before he got the job, whilst he had the job and after it."

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"Roy's a good manager. I've worked with him before. I think he took the Liverpool job at the wrong time but my opinion of Roy hasn't changed before he got the job, whilst he had the job and after it.

Thorough

"He was very good tactically; very thorough. A great guy; very loyal and honest with the players and that's all we'd ask from him."

Asked if he thought Hodgson would be a success, Gerrard added: "We'll have to wait and see.

"Like every other England manager, Roy will be judged on results so we'll have to see how he goes but I'm certainly looking forward to working with him again and I think it's a good appointment."

Kenny Dalglish also confirmed he has nothing but respect for his predecessor as Liverpool boss.

Dalglish said: "I'm on record waxing lyrical about Roy when he came here (to Liverpool) and there's nothing that I said that day that would make me change my mind.

"I don't want to change, that's my opinion.

"For Roy it must be a very proud moment for him, to manage his country."

What is the biggest challenge facing Roy Hodgson at Euro 2012?

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  • Dressing room unrest
  • Handling the media
  • The quality of the players
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