England players would welcome Hodgson extension – Baines
The Three Lions manager is due to remain in charge until the end of Euro 2016 but the Everton full-back says that he can continue to offer the squad a lot with his experience
The England squad would be delighted to see manager Roy Hodgson’s contract extended beyond Euro 2016, according to Leighton Baines.
Hodgson’s present deal is set to take him through to the tournament in France, which his side are well positioned to reach after winning their first three qualifying matches.
The 67-year-old has responded well after overseeing a poor World Cup campaign in Brazil earlier this year, in which England were eliminated from the group stages without winning a match, and Baines says that all the players are keen for him to remain in charge.
“The players would all be delighted with that [Hodgson extending his contract],” the left-back told reporters. “We all enjoy working with him. He’s a good guy, a good person to speak to.
“He’s got a lot of knowledge about football, has had a lot of different jobs, worked in different countries. Us, as a bunch of players, would be really happy if he extended.”
Baines also believes that England captain Wayne Rooney is the ideal role model for his Everton club-mate, Ross Barkley.
Barkley has been compared by some to the Manchester United skipper, who started his career at Goodison Park, and the defender feels that Rooney – who is set to earn his 100th cap against Slovenia – can continue to be an example to follow.
“Wayne’s always been someone that people have focused on and we’ve asked a lot of him over the years as well and he tended to produce,” he observed. “He’s now moved onto his role as captain and rightly so – he earned that right to be leading the team now, he’s a leader among the squad.
“He’s great for all the players but particularly for people like Ross and the other young players who he’s often offering advice to so I think it was the natural fit once Steven [Gerrard] retired for Wayne to step up and fill that role.”