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.
1947: Born on 9 August in Croydon.
1965-75: Player with Crystal Palace, Gravesend and Northfleet, Maidstone and South African side Berea Park.
1976: Started managerial career with Halmstads in Sweden, aged 28, and won two league championships.
1980: Joined Bristol City as assistant manager.
1982: Appointed manager at Ashton Gate but dismissed within four months after poor run of results.
1982: Returned to Sweden to lead Oddevold and then Orebro.
1984: 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.
1990: Left Sweden for Switzerland, taking over at Neuchatel Xamax.
1992: Became Switzerland manager, taking them to the 1994 World Cup Finals in the United States. They finished second behind Romania in Group A, losing 3-0 to Spain in the last 16. Led Switzerland to qualification for Euro 96.
1995: 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.
1997: Joined Blackburn Rovers and led them to sixth in Premier League and qualification for Europe.
1998: After just nine points from 14 games, he was sacked on 21 November with Rovers bottom of the league. Record (all competitions): Pld 63 W22 D18 L23.
1999: Shortlisted for Austria job. Returns to Inter on 27 April as technical director until the end of the season. Record: Pld 6 W2 L4.
1999: Joined Swiss side Grasshopper, with a league record of: Pld22 W9 D7 L6.
2000: Appointed coach of Danish side FC Copenhagen. Linked with England job after resignation of Kevin Keegan.
2001: Took Copenhagen to the Superliga title, with a record of: Pld33 W17 D12 L4, then took over as coach of Serie A club Udinese in August - but parts company with them in December.
2002: Appointed manager of the United Arab Emirates.
2004: Sacked in January after leading side to fifth place at the Gulf Cup then joined Norwegian side Viking FK in May.
2005: Agreed to take over as boss of Finland national team in August.
2007: Quit Finland on 30 November after failing to secure qualification for Euro 2008. Appointed Fulham manager two months later.
2008: Fulham won four of their last five Premier League games of the season to stave off relegation.
2009: Guided the Cottagers to their highest ever top-flight finish, seventh, and ensured Europa League qualification.
2010: 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.
2011: 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.
2012: 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.