Thomas - Hodgson is best man

Albion winger says manager is similar to Redknapp

Jerome Thomas: Believes Roy Hodgson will be a great edition for England

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Jerome Thomas believes Roy Hodgson has the right credentials to become a successful head coach of the England team.

The Football Association confirmed on Sunday evening it had been granted permission by West Bromwich Albion to speak to Hodgson about the vacant England managerial role.

And on Monday, the 64-year-old, who has managed 16 different teams in eight countries, was interviewed by a four-man panel in four hours of talks.

It is believed Hodgson will return to Wembley to tie up the final details of his contract and then see out the last two games of the season at his club before naming the Euro 2012 squad.

And Albion winger Thomas, who has also played for Harry Redknapp during his time at Portsmouth, is backing Hodgson to be a hit with the Three Lions.

Great addition

"Yeah, I think it was a bit of a surprise," he told Sky Sports News. "But he's always been in the running from the start so that's who they've decided to go with so hopefully the best man."

Hodgson has what it takes

When asked what Hodgson is like behind the scene at The Hawthorns, Thomas likened him to fans' favourite Redknapp: "He's very similar to Harry. I worked with Harry at Portsmouth and I would say that Hodgson is a good player manager, easy to talk to, easy going and he's very hands on as well.

"He's involved in all the sessions and so he's definitely going to be a great addition and I think if he's going to work with Stuart Pearce and all the youngsters coming through I think it will be a great combination.

"I think his good certainly outweighs the bad if you look at his CV without a doubt."

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