Harry Redknapp admits he would love to take Paul Scholes to Euro 2012 if he takes over as England manager.
The veteran Manchester United midfielder made a shock Premier League return last month after hanging up his boots at the end of last season.
Tottenham boss Redknapp, who is the overwhelming favourite to replace Fabio Capello in the England hot-seat, has been impressed by Scholes' comeback.
And he believes the 37-year-old, who retired from international duty in 2004, could still have a major impact for his country at the very top level.
Redknapp said: "You'd love to have Paul Scholes in the Euros this year.
"He'd be in your team, he's that good. You'd love him to play.
"He plays like a Spaniard - he can play like Xavi, like Iniesta, he doesn't give the ball away."
Redknapp says he would also consider appointing his current Spurs midfielder Scott Parker as England skipper should he take over.
"Scotty could do it for sure, so could Steven Gerrard," he said.
"Scotty is a fantastic boy, he's a family man, he loves his football, he trains well, he plays well, he gets on with the job, he's not a minute's problem.
"He's not a Billy big-time. He's just a great boy and that's what you need in your football club if you're going to do anything."