Football: Hodgson backs Becks for England role

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Roy Hodgson insists the Football Association would jump at the chance to involve David Beckham in the England set-up.

The 39-year-old former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder has said he would be proud to have a role with England in the future.

And now Three Lions boss Hodgson has given his approval for Beckham to assist the national team in some capacity.

“Someone of David’s stature, with his qualities and personality, I’m 100 per cent certain if he can find the time to lend his presence to the FA they would be happy to find role for him,” Hodgson said.

“If he could make himself available for England in some way or another I have no doubt in my mind that (FA chairman) Greg Dyke and (FA general secretary) Alex Horne would welcome his presence.”

England play in Switzerland tonight as they open their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign.

Meanwhile, the draw for the second round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy was made at the weekend:.

Northern Area: Oldham v Barnsley, Scunthorpe v Notts County, Hartlepool v Sheffield United, Burton Albion v Doncaster, Preston NE v Port Vale,Bury v Morecambe, Tranmere v Carlisle, Rochdale v Walsall.

Southern Area: Luton Town v Crawley, Dagenham v Leyton Orient, Colchester v Gillingham, MK Dons v Wimbledon, Plymouth v Newport/Swindon, Cheltenham v Bristol City, Portsmouth v Northampton, Coventry v Exeter City. Matches week commencing October 6.