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West Brom players convinced Hodgson was taking England job months ago

West Bromwich Albion players have suspected since the New Year manager Roy Hodgson would be taking the England job.

Hodgson will be confirmed as England coach today.

Baggies midfielder George Thorne, 19, admitted: "When the news broke it didn't come as a surprise to us.

"He can definitely do a good job for England.

"Anyone who says he can't after what happened at Liverpool is talking nonsense. He'll be a great loss to us."

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