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Roy Hodgson hired to coach England in 4-year deal
Roy Hodgson hired to coach England in 4-year deal as search for Capello's replacement ends
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' The English Football Association has hired Roy Hodgson as coach of the national team, six weeks before the European Championship.

The FA says Hodgson was appointed on a four-year deal.

Hodgson will leave West Bromwich Albion at the end of the season on May 13 to lead England into the European Championship next month and the World Cup in 2014.

The FA overlooked the favorite, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, to hire a manager who has won eight league titles in two countries with three clubs and coached the national teams of Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates.

The 64-year-old Hodgson has had stints in club soccer in England, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Italy, where he was twice in charge of Inter Milan.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) ' The English Football Association has called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon and is expected to confirm Roy Hodgson as the new national team coach.

The West Bromwich Albion manager had what the FA described as a "positive" talks on Monday and returned to Wembley Stadium on Tuesday for further discussions.

The news conference will be at 11 a.m. EDT.

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