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Paddy Power unveils Roy the Redeemer statue

Saturday, June 9, 2012

To celebrate the start of Euro 2012, a 100-foot statue with the face of England manager Roy Hodgson has been erected on the White Cliffs of Dover.

The statue of Roy the Redeemer stands at over 100ft tall in Dover
The statue of Roy the Redeemer stands at over 100ft tall in Dover

Photo: Reuters

The stunning structure is a reproduction of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue which overlooks Rio de Janeiro, but with the face of Christ replaced by England's new "saviour", Hodgson.

The eight ton sculpture took a team of engineers two months to create and one week to install on the white cliffs near St Margaret's Bay in Dover.

The inspiration for Roy the Redeemer was sparked as part of the Paddy Power's "We Hear You" initiative which acts on comments and suggestions received from customers through social media.

The majority of England supporters believe the team do not have a prayer at Euro 2012 with just four per cent expecting a win.

With the England team suffering a number of setbacks, including the loss of key players like Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Gary Cahill to injuries, most England supporters think the team will need "divine intervention" for success in Poland and Ukraine.

"Since Christ the Redeemer was constructed in Rio de Janeiro in 1931, Brazil has gone on to become the world's leading footballing nations," Paddy Power spokesman Ken Robertson said.

"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!"

Paddy Power have also pledged to refund losing bets on England's Euro 2012 opener against France if England win.

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