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Hurst: England can reach semi-finals
World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst has claimed England are capable of reaching the Euro 2012 semi-finals with or without Roy Hodgson as their new manager.
Hodgson arrived at Wembley to attend a meeting with FA chairman David Bernstein and the remainder of the four-man Club England board to rubber-stamp his appointment as Fabio Capello's successor.
Hurst said: "Whether we had a manager or not, I still think we are capable of getting at least to the semi-finals," said Hurst. "I don't see any reason why we can't get to that level and if we can, you never know what could happen."
There is a sense of disbelief that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been overlooked and Hurst was amongst those who felt Redknapp was the ideal candidate.
However, he does not believe Hodgson's appointment will have a negative impact on the overall aims in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
He said: "Roy has not been involved in the preparations to date and that's not ideal. When you have a manager in place quite a while before, the preparation is going to be very natural, as it was with us in 1966.
"But, in some respects, I see that as a positive. It might take the pressure off, certainly from the media and the fans, to be successful this year. That could be a good thing because expectation is huge on the manager and the players."
It is a sentiment echoed by England fans' spokesman Mark Perryman, although he does not believe the Three Lions have any chance of reaching the last four as Hurst has predicted.
It is envisaged Hodgson will complete the Premier League season with West Brom before taking up his duties prior to the friendly in Norway on May 28.
Before that he is expected to name his 23-man Euro 2012 squad, possibly on May 10, the date stated by Stuart Pearce last week as the one set aside for that announcement.