Wolves manager Mick McCarthy believes in-form Harry Redknapp is at an ideal stage of his career to become the new England boss.
The current Tottenham chief is the leading contender to succeed Fabio Capello after the Italian resigned on Wednesday night.
There has been widespread support for Redknapp to take charge of England ever since last season's UEFA Champions League campaign with Tottenham.
A memorable European campaign was a remarkable turnaround for Tottenham, who when Redknapp took over in 2008 were in danger of Premier League relegation.
And former Republic of Ireland boss McCarthy has no doubts about his counterpart's ability, as he told a press conference: "I think, if Harry wants it, he is the man who deserves it."
Capello's decision to resign came just hours after Redknapp had been acquitted of tax evasion at the end of a two-week trial at Southwark Crown Court.
And McCarthy reckons Redknapp proved his durability when continuing to manage Tottenham while also dealing with emotionally draining issues in his personal life.
"If ever there was a guy in form and at the top of his game, and all the stuff he has just gone through, he must be tough as an old boot," said the Wolves manager.
"It strikes me, he has got everything he needs to manage England."
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