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England boss looks ahead to important year

13:12 16 January 2013

England manager Roy Hodgson insists 2013, the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, will be “vitally important” to give the national team the chance to compete for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

Hodgson, speaking at the launch of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations at London’s Connaught Rooms, also has friendlies against Scotland, Brazil and the Republic of Ireland to prepare for.

He said: “The first thing we have to do is qualify for the World Cup, that’s vitally important.

“And when we qualify we have to give a good account of ourselves in Brazil and once you are there you have a chance of winning it, who knows?

“We have very good young players coming into the game and showing they do have the ability to shoulder the burden and hopefully we will have a good blend with experienced players as well.”

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