HODGSON SHUTS OUT DISTRACTIONS
Roy Hodgson insists he will not let comparisons between his management style and that of predecessor Fabio Capello distract him from England's preparation for Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final with Italy.
Although Capello was in Poland for the early part of the tournament, he has now flown to Colombia.
Hodgson would probably be thankful for that as it takes some of the edge away.
However, Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi claimed on Thursday he would be far more concerned about England if Capello was still in charge.
And there is likely to be more of that to come, even though Hodgson's presence in the England camp has been an overwhelming positive one so far.
"I am sure people will compare me with Capello because this is the team he qualified for this tournament," said Hodgson.
"I am sure he must still be disappointed not to be here coaching this team himself.
"But it will only become a hindrance if we allow it.
"Obviously there will be lots of things written that are not 100% truthful or that I wouldn't want to read or hear, but that's life.
"That won't stop me from preparing the team.
"There are no words that can affect my job with the team."
Hodgson is determined for England to be as clued-up on their opponents as possible ahead of Sunday's crucial clash.
"We have more than enough information on teams and more than enough research not to be turning to anybody for advice," he added.
"We will use all the evidence to make our own minds up as to how we go about the job.
"One thing is clear if we can go about the job in the way we are doing at the moment we will make a game of it and who knows what will happen.
"It will be another even encounter, another game that will swing either way.
"The good thing is we are there, we are taking part and still in the competition."
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