Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson's impact praised by FA chairman Bernstein

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England touch down at Krakow base

FA chairman David Bernstein has praised the impact of new England manager Roy Hodgson as the squad arrived in Poland for Euro 2012.

Hodgson has begun life in charge of the national side with two friendly wins over Norway and Belgium.

"The manager has only been on board for a short time and I believe he's done a really good job," said Bernstein.

But he was not prepared to discuss the omission of former captain Rio Ferdinand from England's squad.

Bernstein wants that forgotten as the team prepare for their first match.

"We've spent a long while building up to this tournament. We're here to do the best we can, and we're here to talk about the tournament and the 23 players who are here," he said.

"I'm not prepared to discuss at all any players who are not. We are here to focus on the coming two or three weeks.

"We want to do everything we can to focus on the positives and we hope [the media] would join us in that, looking ahead and not dwelling on all these, what are now, frankly, historical exchanges.

"The build-up has been really excellent, training has gone well and there's a very good feel in the squad."

The England party landed on a flight from Luton at 16:45 BST before heading to a base in Krakow.

As England's group matches are all in Ukraine, they will be clocking up 5,000 miles to play their first three games.

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FA won't be drawn on Ferdinand

Donetsk, the tournament's most easterly venue, will stage their opening and final Group D matches, against France on Monday and Ukraine on 19 June, while Sweden await in Kiev on 15 June.

England's 23-man squad, led by Hodgson and defender John Terry, met local children and signed autographs after leaving the plane at Krakow Airport.

Hundreds of fans were then awaiting their arrival at the team hotel in Krakow, next to a large medieval square.

"Just got to the hotel, crazy reception when we arrived!" tweeted England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Earlier, the players left the Grove hotel in Hertfordshire and called in at the car plant of sponsors Vauxhall on their way to Luton. They also posed for an official squad photograph.

The team were taken to and from their flight in a coach bearing the message: "One prize, two countries, three lions."

"It will be a very difficult tournament," said midfielder Scott Parker.

"But that is what you expect because there are some strong teams.

"You never know. We have seen it this year with [Champions League winners] Chelsea. When you get to knockout football, anything can come up. With a little bit of luck, you never know how far you could go."

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