100ft Roy Hodgson statue erected, visible from France
A 100ft statue of England manager Roy Hodgson has been erected on the English coastline – and it’s visible to Euro 2012 opponents France.
The giant Roy the Redeemer statue is bookmaker Paddy Power’s homage to Rio De Janeiro’s famous Christ the Redeemer. The huge work of art has been placed above the white cliffs of Dover, giving it a prominent location overlooking our neighbours just 16 miles across the Channel.
Weighing in at eight tons and boasting a 96ft armspan, the structure took a team of engineers two months to create and one week to install on the cliffs.
Ken Robertson from Paddy Power said “Since Christ the Redeemer was constructed in Rio de Janeiro in 1931, Brazil has gone on to become the world’s leading footballing nation.
“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!”