Roy Hodgson has been officially confirmed as the new England manager. The 64-year-old has been handed a four-year contract after agreeing to leave his post of West Brom boss to succeed Fabio Capello at Wembley. Hodgson has a wealth of experience, with his international know-how thought to have been a major factor in persuading the English Football Association to plump for him ahead of front-runner, Tottenham Hotspur manager, Harry Redknapp. Hodgson has managed Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Finland at international level. For the English FA, the cost of handing Hodgson the job is thought to be significantly cheaper than appointing Redknapp would have proven to have been. The ex-Liverpool boss was out of contract with West Brom this summer and Redknapp’s compensation package would have been into seven figures.