England turn to Hodgson

Roy Hodgson became the leading contender to take charge of England at Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson might take over England for Euro 2012.

LONDON - Roy Hodgson became the leading contender to take charge of England at Euro 2012 on Sunday when the Euro 2012 said they had spoken to the West Bromwich Albion manager about succeeding Fabio Capello.

The FA said the vastly-experienced Hodgson, 64, was the only candidate they had approached about replacing Italian Capello who quit in February following a row over deposed England captain John Terry.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp had been widely considered to be the strong favourite to get the job. Redknapp has repeatedly said he is totally committed to Spurs and would not talk about England unless he was offered the position.

"West Bromwich Albion have today granted permission for the FA to speak with Roy Hodgson regarding the position of England manager," the FA said in a statement.

FA chairman David Bernstein added, "I'm grateful to (WBA chairman) Jeremy (Peace) and all at West Bromwich Albion for their co-operation in allowing us to approach Roy, who I have since spoken with.

"Roy is the only manager we have approached and we remain on course to make an appointment within the timescale we set-out soon after Fabio Capello's departure.

"Further conversations will now take place with Roy and my Club England colleagues before any further announcements can be made."

With Euro 2012 little more than a month away, England are still without a full-time manager. Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is acting as caretaker manager for the senior squad who next face a friendly against Norway in Oslo on 26 May.