Roy Hodgson's installation as England coach a month before the European Championship appeared to be a major gamble.

Now it seems like a canny move.

Those who questioned the English Football Association for delaying the replacement of Fabio Capello for three months have gone very quiet.

After a miserable 2010 World Cup performance, a reinvigorated England squad will march into its Euro 2012 quarterfinal against Italy on Sunday.

The 64-year-old Hodgson has quickly generated a feel-good factor in a unified squad, which was often lacking during Capello's authoritarian reign.