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Redknapp: England an older man's job

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has given another hint that he would accept the England manager's job.

• Redknapp 'not sure' of England job

Redknapp, 65, is the favourite to be named the next permanent boss of England in the wake of Fabio Capello's sacking, with Stuart Pearce placed in caretaker charge.

The Spurs coach did recently state he was in two minds over the national role, but on Thursday Redknapp expressed his belief that the next coach should be English and experienced.

He said in the Sun: "It's a great job to be manager of your country. I've got a job to do at Tottenham and I've got to really keep concentrating on my job there, which I do 100%, and see what happens at the end of the year.

"I have never been approached by England or anybody else. I have said all along it needs an English manager.

"We haven't achieved anything with foreign managers. Capello did OK but he had a bad World Cup. We haven't really torn up any trees with them. Why not give it to somebody from here?

"I suppose at the moment there are not a million candidates but there are some young managers who, in the future, I'm sure would be fantastic but are too young.

"It's an older man's job. I think it is not a job for a young guy. I think some guys take it too young. I think Steve McClaren took it too young, maybe Glenn Hoddle.

"I think it's a job for a more experienced manager. I've got to weigh it all up at the end of the year and I've got to do what I feel is right for myself and what I feel is right for my family."

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