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Amid search for scapegoats, Hodgson is fortunate
Hodgson knows England is searching for 'scapegoats,' accepts he's fortunate to be staying
By ROB HARRIS
Associated Press
2014-06-23 03:01 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- After England's World Cup fiasco, Roy Hodgson realizes the country is searching for a scapegoat, and accepts he's fortunate to have survived as coach.

Despite England failing to reach the second round, the Football Association wants Hodgson to see out his contract until the 2016 European Championship.

Hodgson says he is "very pleased to have had that (FA) backing. Scapegoats are always necessary in times of failure ... whether it's fortunate that's the position I find myself in, I accept that I'm fortunate."

Despite England opening Group D with two 2-1 losses to Italy and Uruguay, there were glimpses of a potentially promising future for some of Hodgson's younger players.

Before flying home, England must play Costa Rica on Tuesday.

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