Crystal Palace's Gary Cahill commended Roy Hodgson’s ‘incredible appetite’ for the game after signing a contract extension with the club.

Hodgson, 72, arrived at his boyhood club just four games into 2017-18 season, following Frank De Boer’s disastrous spell with the Eagles.

The contract extension will see the former England manager remain in south London until the end of the 2020-21 season.

The Palace boss, who stands as the oldest manager in Premier League history, has been in management since his appointment at Swedish club Halmstad in Sweden in 1976.

"It is incredible the appetite for the game he has got, unbelievable at that age," Cahill said.

“He has been in the game for so long, in different countries, leagues and with national teams so there is not much he probably hasn't experienced.

“It's great for the lads that he has signed an extension, it is stability for the club and players for next season”.

After their 1-0 win against Watford on Saturday, Palace are on the brink of Premier League safety for the seventh season in a row – the clubs longest ever spell in the top flight.

The Eagles are in contention to beat their highest ever finish in the Premier League, when they came 11 th in the 2013-14 season – their first back in the top flight.

However, Cahill has urged his players to focus on the task ahead and not get too carried away just yet.

“Now we have to look forward to see how high we can finish," he added.

“To better last season and better the records set in previous seasons, who knows next season, let’s see.

“Hopefully we go into the next season with a fully fit squad and maybe some additions and we’ll see where we go."