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England's Hodgson expecting soaring temperatures in Manaus

England manager Roy Hodgson is currently in Manaus, Brazil preparing for this summer's World Cup.

The Three Lions take on Italy at the Arena Amazonia in their opening Group D fixture on June 14 with temperatures in the north Brazil expected to push to around 35 degrees Celsius.

Hodgson has past experience of hot weather at World Cups - when he managed Switzerland at USA '94 - so is on a familiarization visit in order to come to terms with how to handle the conditions in the Amazonas state.

"It will be good to go and see the stadium and the training facilities," Hodgson told Sky Sports News.

"It was important for me to get a feeling for those sort of things even though the FA have done a lot of work in that respect already before I came out here.

"I think the World Cups are traditionally played in the summer and there have been a lot of very, very hot tournaments that have been played. I remember the one in the summer of 1994 in America - it was absolutely incredible.

"I remember our (Switzerland v United States) opening game in the Silverdome indoors in Detroit; the heat and humidity were really quite incredible. So we accept that and we understand that it is going to be hot but the important thing for me was to get some sort of feel for it and we've got to hope we can prepare for those hot weather conditions."

He added: "In terms of football it might be more difficult in terms of heat than Rio or Sao Paulo but I'm sure all the teams that have to play here will be ready for it and all of them will find it a fascinating experience to come here."

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