England manager Roy Hodgson admits he misses Italy.
“I miss the relationships in Italy. I miss your Dad,” Hodgson told Gianfelice Facchetti for La Gazzetta dello Sport. He is the son of ex-Inter President Giacinto Facchetti, who died in September 2006.
“That was a real blow to the world of football and me personally. I miss Massimo Moratti to a certain extent too.
“I miss the climate, of course the food, the people and the warmth, if you like, the friendliness. There’s no doubt Italy is a good country to be a football Coach in, because everyone loves football in Italy.
“Sometimes that can be quite tough on you, as you want to be freer and don’t want people talking to you all the time. But then sometimes you really enjoy that side of things, that everywhere you go they say ‘Hey Mister,’ talking to you and showing how much they care about football. You can miss that.
“There’s lots of things I miss about Italy. I don’t think I could ever come back and work as a Head, hands-on Coach, but who knows, there might be a job for me one day back in Italy if someone would like to take advantage of my experiences, then that could be a possibility.”