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Palace pin hopes on Hodgson for fortune revival

Palace pin hopes on Hodgson for fortune revival

Now, just days after taking the reigns at Selhurst Park, the Daily Mail claim that Hodgson is keen on being reunited with the 25-year-old.

"I was heartened by what I saw in the Burnley game last week, I saw a team which dominated the game and defended well".

It is the club he supported as a schoolboy and where he made a brief, unsuccessful attempt to become a professional player. "We have come up with a way we think will work and playing, which we hope in the long term will bring success to the team", said Hodgson.

Wilshere appeared as a substitute this evening in Arsenal's 3-1 win over FC Koln in the Europa League.

"This is very much the club of my boyhood and I remember in my youth watching the club from the terraces at the Holmesdale Road end which gave me such fond memories", he told Palace's website.

When in charge of England, Hodgson only selected five players more times than he did Wilshere. "I enjoyed my time with England; a huge honour". It was a four-year period, one I look back on with satisfaction on a lot of things, but I can't look back with satisfaction with not progressing at tournaments in the way we'd have liked. But it's over. That time has gone.

Crystal Palace are sat rock bottom on 0 points after four games played. I'm focused on the next one: Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace, Crystal Palace.

Born in Croydon, Hodgson spent three years on Palace's books as a young defender in the 1960s before leaving without making an appearance.

Hodgson recognised he will never fully escape the shadow of England, but Palace is what he cares about now: "I believe the team will stay up, absolutely. I wouldn't have dreamt of taking the job if I didn't believe that", he insisted.

"We're four games in and the start has been a poor one, we can't deny that, but there's 38 games in the league season and there's 34 more to play and quite frankly the relegation issues are not going to be decided this side of Christmas, they're probably not going to be decided this side of Easter".

"Leagues aren't won at the end of September and teams aren't relegated at the end of September".

"Everything evolves. The Premier League gets bigger and bigger".