FORMER Blackburn Rovers boss Roy Hodgson today refused to rule himself out of the running for the England manager's job.

Hodgson was hot favourite to succeed Glenn Hoddle when the disgraced England coach hit problems during and after the World Cup in France.

But his reputation suffered a huge set-back when he was sacked by Jack Walker after a dismal run of Premiership results.

The bookmakers initially quoted Hodgson as a 16-1 outsider to replace Hoddle, who was sacked by the Football Association yesterday for his disparaging remarks about the disabled.

But as more and more contenders - including Bryan Robson, Gerard Houllier and Kevin Keegan - rule themselves out, Hodgson's name is sure to creep back into the frame.

He today stressed that any response to an FA offer was "hypothetical" and added: "I listen to things that people say."

Hodgson said: "I think there's enough experts in the country who are looking very closely at the situation.

"I do not think my opinion is particularly interesting and no more interesting than the man in the street's."

And the former Switzerland manager said a return to club management was a possibility "at the right club".

"I am not missing Blackburn too much and, if I have had any offers, I am not going to talk about them."

Hodgson has been busy in various roles with FIFA and UEFA since his departure from Ewood.

And he claimed that overseas work had prevented him following developments in the Hoddle saga.

Hodgson, who publicly blamed Tim Sherwood for his dismissal, also refused to be drawn on the players' drawn out contract wrangle.

He added: "I wouldn't have any thoughts on that and any thoughts I did have I would keep to myself."

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