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Hull boss has shot at England job should World Cup go awry

| 11.06.2014

One day before the World Cup kicks off and three out from the start of England’s campaign, you’d think all the news surrounding the Three Lions would be supportive and positive.

But, as the Shane Meadows film attests, This Is England and things are never that simple for bosses of our nation’s football team at World Cups.

It’s pretty unsurprising then that FA chairman, Greg Dyke, has appeared non-committal on the state of Hodgson’s job security beyond the tournament, while stating that getting out of Group D would be seen as a success.

England are 11/8 to exit the competition at the group stage and, never ones to let a bandwagon roll by, we’ve pondered over three potential Hodgson successors should he lose his job:

Steve Bruce

It’s hard to tell whether the FA would want to stick with a home-grown boss if they axe Roy and it’s likely that many will bemoan a lack of candidates good enough for the role from these shores, but that’s not true.

Bruce has just completed a highly impressive Premier League campaign with Hull, sealing survival while also managing to reach the FA Cup final and is streaks ahead of both oft-linked candidates, Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce.

Brendan Rodgers

Tony Pulis would perhaps argue to the contrary but no manager from the United Kingdom achieved more last season than Liverpool’s Northern Irishman, who returned the Reds to the Champions League while agonizingly missing out on the Premier League title.

The style of play Rodgers is known for will surely mesh well with the emerging crop of young players currently representing England in Brazil.

Roberto Martinez

Basically, Martinez is the Spanish Rodgers. He plays a similarly attractive style to his Merseyside rival and reaffirmed his standing in managerial circles with a fifth-place finish in the top flight.

Having worked in this country since 1995, Martinez is unlikely to hold much allegiance to his native Spain, a job he’s probably not earmarked for anyway.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.