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Crouch: We want Redknapp to stay

Peter Crouch says he hopes Harry Redknapp remains at Tottenham for "as long as possible" after the Football Association identified the Spurs boss as a possible replacement for Fabio Capello.

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FA general secretary Alex Horne said on Sunday that he anticipates that Redknapp will be on a "long list" when the governing body begins searching for a candidate to succeed Capello, who will leave his post after the conclusion of England's Euro 2012 campaign.

But Crouch, who has represented Redknapp at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham, hopes to see the manager remain at White Hart Lane if possible.

"It's inevitable, to be honest," Crouch said. "He's been fantastic at Tottenham. He took over a side that was struggling and he's turned them into one that's full of confidence, playing in the Champions League and is maybe now expected to finish in the Premier League's top four.

"That's testament to him and with him being English as well, it's only a matter of time before England come knocking on the door. But we want to keep him at Tottenham for as long as possible so maybe we should start losing a few games."

Redknapp has suggested he feels he would be able to cope with the intense scrutiny and pressure that comes with managing England, though he did say "I don't know where Crouchie got that one from. It's not inevitable, that's for sure.''

"Do I need the aggravation?" Redknapp added. "It's aggravation managing Tottenham, isn't it? It's what you get with the job. You either enjoy it and get on with it or you turn it in and walk the dogs and play golf. That's my choice, isn't it? And while I enjoy it, you keep going.

"It's not an easy job but in football now, the more experienced managers are still in big positions. Alex [Ferguson] is still as good as ever. It's how you feel. If somewhere down the line, something did come up, it's different - you would think about it but who knows where we'll be in 18 months' time."

On the immediate horizon for Redknapp is a Champions League tie against FC Twente on Tuesday night. If Tottenham win they are guaranteed top spot in Group A, having already qualified along with reigning champions Inter.

Spurs beat Rafa Benitez's side at White Hart Lane and Crouch says the team are now convinced they are a match for any side in Europe.

"We are here to win because finishing top is very important," Crouch said. "Without a doubt, we feel we can beat anyone in the Champions League. We have proved that against Inter Milan."


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