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Roy the Redeemer? England sets its sights on France ahead of the Euro tournament

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England's national football team manager Roy Hodgson appears in a 108 foot tall (33 metre) reproduction of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue above the White Cliffs of Dover, June 7. Irish bookmakers Paddy Power, who commissioned the statue, say it is visible from the coast of France, sixteen miles (25 km) away. England plays their opening group match of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament against France on Monday.

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England's national football team manager Roy Hodgson appears as a reproduction of Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue above the White Cliffs of Dover, June 7.

 "Since Christ the Redeemer was constructed in Rio de Janeiro in 1931, Brazil has gone on to become the world’s leading footballing nation," said Paddy Power's Ken Robertson. "We’re hoping some of that success can rub off on England in time for their Euro 2012 opener against France on Monday. Anyway, at the end of the day this is definitely the closest Roy will get to Rio this month!"

More about the statue from the Daily Mirror.

Everything you need to know about Euro 2012.