The association wanted to go English with their appointment.
A revelation that is likely to surprise and perhaps annoy many England fans, is that the FA refused the chance to talk to former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola in favour of Roy Hodgson, according to the Daily Mail.
The organisation was offered the chance to speak to the then Barca manager when Fabio Capello stepped down from the position in February 2012, but declined in favour of an English alternative.
Guardiola had already decided to leave the Nou Camp at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, after winning two Champions League trophies and three La Liga titles in four years.
The Spaniard was interested in speaking with the FA and finding out what they had to offer, but Hodgson was decided as the ideal choice.
In April 2012 Guardiola agreed to take over the reigns at Bayern from Jupp Heynckes and as a result took a sabbatical year in New York to learn German.
Hodgson was then appointed by the FA in May of the same year and guided the Three Lions to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 – eventually knocked out by Italy on penalties.
Guardiola has never hidden the fact that the 42-year-old wants to manage in England and if the opportunity arises again, the FA may approach the former Barca ace next time around.
Currently Hodgson is trying to guide the nation through a tricky qualifying campaign, which after a 4-0 win over Moldova on Friday is looking good as the country heads into the next key match in Ukraine on Tuesday.