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Trap's CV sublime, gushes Hodgson

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has been placed up on a pedestal with "the best" record of any manager in football at the moment, according to England boss Roy Hodgson.

The two will face up to each other at Wembley Stadium tonight, having first crossed paths in the 1980s when the Malmo side under Hodgson's leadership came up against a Trapattoni-led Juventus.

"Giovanni and I go back a long way, even before I moved to Italy, it goes back to the Malmo-Inter matches in 1988 and 1989. I regard him as a man whom I've got enormous admiration and respect for," said Hodgson.

"His CV is probably the best of any active manager working today. That sometimes gets forgotten. He's not a man who goes out and shouts from the rooftops every day about 'how great I am' and 'the wonderful job I have always done in the countries I have worked in'.

"He is an outstanding coach, an outstanding manager and perhaps even more than that, he's a very good person. If I was a football player, I'd love to have played for Giovanni. Not just because of what he would have taught me, but because I'd have enjoyed being in his company."