Roy Hodgson admits he will have to win over the England players and supporters after being appointed as Fabio Capello's successor.
Hodgson has signed a four-year contract and will lead England into Euro 2012 after completing the domestic season with current club side West Brom.
But he is aware of the need to prove himself to fans who expected Harry Redknapp to be named in the role, while many of the players had voiced their backing for the Tottenham manager.
Hodgson said: "It's always a big job to win people over. I'm prepared for criticism. The fact is I took it at Liverpool and I'll take it here.
"It's important the players buy into what we do, and that the country buy into what we're trying to do. I'm expecting a lot of support from everybody.
"I'm hoping everyone in England gets behind their football team, because we want to give this country the successful football team we've been waiting for since 1966."
Hodgson confirmed Wayne Rooney would be part of his Euros squad despite being suspended for the opening two group matches.
And he revealed he had received a good luck message from Redknapp, who has been the odds-on favourite since Capello quit until the FA approached West Brom this weekend for permission to speak to Hodgson.
He said: "I've got great respect for Harry. He left me a voicemail which I will respond to.
"We're great friends who have unwittingly become rivals, but we'll be friends again."