Hodgson's Burton visit

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New England manager Roy Hodgson paid his first visit to the national football centre on Wednesday in his build-up to taking over the position on a full-time basis on Monday.

Hodgson visited St George's Park near Burton, which will become the Football Association's centre of excellence for coaches and sports science and medicine - a centre into which he is expected to have a significant input.

Hodgson has one more match in charge of West Brom - at home to Arsenal on Sunday - before he concentrates exclusively on England, with his Euro 2012 squad to be named on Wednesday.

The FA have confirmed the England squad will meet up on Monday, May 21 and travel to Spain for a training camp. They will fly from Spain to Oslo on Friday, May 25 ahead of a friendly against Norway the following day.

The squad will then be given a few days off before meeting-up again on Tuesday May 29 ahead of their final game before the Euros against Belgium at Wembley on Saturday June 2, and will travel to their Euro 2012 base in Krakow, Poland on June 6.

The Belgium match marks five years since the new Wembley held its first game and the stadium's managing director Roger Maslin has admitted that there will be competition from the Olympic Stadium after the London 2012 games for events such as concerts.

Maslin however is confident that Wembley will hold its own, saying: "They're the new kid on the block so there will be inevitable appeal. There will be competition.

"But no other stadium has the reach or variety we have. Our vision is world class. No matter where you sit people look into that bowl and the sea of red seats and say 'wow'."

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