Manaus mayor: We don't want to host England

Roy Hodgson's comments that he wants to avoid having England play in Manaus did not go over well with the Brazilian city's mayor.
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COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil (AP) - Go Home England!

The mayor of the Brazilian city of Manaus says England will not be welcome during the World Cup because coach Roy Hodgson said the jungle city is the place to be avoided next year.

Manaus Mayor Arthur Virgilio said Thursday he hopes the luck of the draw on Friday will keep the English team from playing in his city. Friday's draw will determine who and where each of the 32 teams will play next June and July.

Virgilio said: ''We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more sensible and polite.''

Hodgson told English media earlier this week that he was more worried about the venues than about the opponents. He said, ''the tropical nature of Manaus is the problem. I'm just mouthing what everybody has been saying to me.''

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