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Sunday, 24 June 2012

image for Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson on 'the Italian Job'
"You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off"

England manager Roy Hodgson took time off from preparing for the three lions biggest match in years by watching the former Inter managers favourite film - The Italian Job.

England go head to head with Italy in the last quarter-final of the tournament, but at yesterdays press conference the new coach was more concerned with the remake of the Michael Caine classic.

"I loved the 1969 original with Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill - what other film could pull together such an eclectic mix of British characters - the upper class Noel Coward, the council estate Maurice Micklewhite and the reclusive comedy actor Benny Hill" Hodgson told reporters.

"I was extremely disappointed the 2003 Hollywood remake took away the Britishness of it all. Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron are great actors, but I felt the remake lost a lot of the original" Croydon born Hodgson continued. "It would be like me picking my former Fulham American players Brian McBride & Clint Dempsey tonight instead of Rooney and Welbeck!"

England v Italy kicks off at 7.45pm in Kiev.

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