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The tale of two talismans


Harry: England job poisoned chalice

Harry Redknapp believes the England job is a "poisoned chalice" but admits it would be hard to turn down the opportunity to manage his nation if offered the position.

A recent report suggested Tottenham Hotspur boss Redknapp could be replaced Fabio Capello as England head coach before Euro 2012, although the speculation has since been played down.

Regardless, Redknapp, who concedes the job of managing England has its drawbacks, remains the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Capello when the Italian's contract expires next summer. Asked whether the job is a poisoned chalice, Redknapp said: "Yes.

"[But] it would be difficult for any Englishman to turn the job down. I'm not pushing myself for the job; whoever gets offered the job, if they're an Englishman, it would be hard to say no because it's your country."

Redknapp, who takes Spurs to PAOK Salonika in the Europa League on Thursday, reiterated that he has had no contact from the FA and insists he has never spoken to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy about it.

He said: "I haven't heard nothing from anybody so I'll just get on with my job and see what happens. You never know what happens in this game, do you? You never know what's just around the corner. I've never discussed anything with Daniel about England. There are plenty of other boys about who could do the job. We'll see how we go.''

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