Di Matteo - FA has right man

Di Matteo says Hodgson is a very good manager

Roberto Di Matteo: Feels Roy Hodgson is highly rated from fellow managers

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Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo believes Roy Hodgson is the right man to lead England on a long-term basis.

Hodgson spent four hours at Wembley on Monday in discussions with the four-man FA committee charged with finding a long-term replacement for Fabio Capello.

And Di Matteo, who has guided Chelsea to both the FA Cup final and UEFA Champions League final, is adamant that the 64-year-old is the right man to lead the national side for the future.

"The two candidates were Harry (Redknapp) and Roy who I think were two very, very good candidates for the England job, which is a difficult job for anybody that takes it," he told Sky Sports News.

"Roy is a gentleman, a very good coach and a very good manager. I think it would be difficult for anybody but he's got all the experience that you need for the national team."

"Roy is a gentleman, a very good coach and a very good manager. I think it would be difficult for anybody but he's got all the experience that you need for the national team."

Roberto Di Matteo on Roy Hodgson

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Asked whether he thinks Hodgson is underrated, in that he has not been given credit for his past achievements, Di Matteo said: "I think from his fellow professionals he is certainly not. Within the game he's highly rated from us. I'm not sure about public opinion, but certainly he's a fantastic manager."

The Blues boss also denied that he said Redknapp 'deserved' the job of leading the Three Lions to Euro 2012, adding: "I don't think I said that he 'deserves', but I think that the two candidates were Hodgson and Redknapp and I think the FA have gone through a process and decided for one.

"That doesn't take anything away from Harry's job he's been doing over many, many years."