Domestically, Roy Hodgson has come from non-league as a player to the Premier League as a manager. Internationally, his coaching career has taken him from Europe to the United Arab Emirates and back again.
His has been a wide-ranging and cosmopolitan life in football. Here BBC Sport looks at how Hodgson's 47-year journey has taken its course.
Born on 9 August in Croydon.
Player with Crystal Palace, Gravesend and Northfleet, Maidstone and South African side Berea Park.
Hodgson managing in England
Roy Hodgson's win percentage while managing top-flight clubs in England. In total, he has been in charge for 308 games - leading Blackburn, Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom - and won 119 of them.
Started managerial career with Halmstads in Sweden, aged 28, and won two league championships.
Joined Bristol City as assistant manager.
Appointed manager at Ashton Gate but dismissed within four months after poor run of results.
Returned to Sweden to lead Oddevold and then Orebro.
Took over at Malmo FF and led club to top of Swedish league for five consecutive seasons, but only won title twice due to temporary play-off system. Won Swedish Cup twice.
Keith Andrews on playing under Roy Hodgson
He oozes knowledge. Every day on the training ground, players are learning. His enthusiasm is a strength too. Some of the young lads don't even have the enthusiasm he has and he's been in the game 40-odd years. He keeps you mentally challenged as well. The training sessions that he puts on are not just run of the mill, the same ones every day, you have to think about what you do every day. The players are well-drilled, well-organised and everybody knows what each other is doing.
Left Sweden for Switzerland, taking over at Neuchatel Xamax.
Appointed manager of Inter Milan. In first season, finished seventh in Serie A and reached semi-finals of Italian Cup. In second season, Inter lost to Schalke in the Uefa Cup Final on penalties. Record (all competitions): Pld73 W 38 D 26 L19.
Joined Blackburn Rovers and led them to sixth in Premier League and qualification for Europe.
Oversaw a stunning second-leg comeback against Juventus in the Europa League quarter-finals on the way to losing 2-1 against Atletico Madrid in extra-time in the final in Hamburg. Record (all competitions): P171 W64 D50 L57.
Announced as new manager of Liverpool
on a three-year contract in July.
Liverpool announce Hodgson has left the club on 8 January. Record (all competitions): P31 W13 D9 L9.
Took over as West Brom coach
on 11 February after the Baggies parted company with Roberto Di Matteo and led them to 11th after a strong end-of-season run.
West Brom granted the Football Association permission to speak to Hodgson about the vacant manager's position on 29 April. Record (all competitions): P43 W20 D14 L19. Confirmed as England manager on 1 May.
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