England players finally break silence on Roy Hodgson as Wilshere and Gerrard back new Three Lions boss
The FA on Tuesday officially announced the appointment of West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson as the new England manager on a four-year contract.
The appointment of the 64-year-old was met with a mixed reception by the sport press and it was left to Jack Wilshere to be the first to welcome the new boss when he tweeted yesterday: "Not many have the experience that Roy Hodgson, proved he is a top manager at international level so don't see no reason why he can't do it."
Now, finally, another member of the Three Lions squad has given the new man at the helm his public endorsement, with Gerrard - who was bossed by Roy at Liverpool - saying: "I’ve worked with Roy. He’s a good man and a good manager.
“It’s important he’s given a chance and I’m looking forward to working with him again."
Others in the England fraternity have also since come out to show their support. Ben Foster was one of the more enthusiastic, even if the 'keeper has dropped out of the England-fold in the last season.
"Really happy for Roy Hodgson, Got to be one of the best coaches in football." he posted on Twitter.
Ex-England veteran and Everton captain Phil Neville also tweeted, pleading for the nation to show Hodgson the backing: "Roy Hodgson England manager let's get behind him give him a chance great experience with an outstanding CV and English."
His brother, retired Manchester United defender Gary Neville, also chimed in with "Afternoon all. All the very best to Roy Hodgson."