Age an England issue for Harry

Redknapp thinks England is 'an older man's job'

Harry Redknapp: Would fit the bill for England at the age of 65

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp does not think the England job is one for a young manager.

The White Hart Lane chief is the favourite to succeed Fabio Capello and he believes it is a task for an 'older man'.

Redknapp certainly fits that criteria, having recently turned 65, and he has in the past made no secret of his desire to manage his country.

He said: "I suppose there's not a million candidates, you know, Roy Hodgson and Sam Allardyce and whoever.

"Capello did okay, for sure - bad World Cup (in 2010) - but we haven't really torn up any trees, so why not give it to somebody from here."

Harry Redknapp

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"And there's some young managers like Nigel Adkins and people like that, who in the future, I'm sure, would be fantastic, but, at the moment, probably too young.

"It is an older man's job, I think. It's not a job for a young guy."

Speculation

Redknapp added: "I said all along I think it needs an English manager. I think we need to give somebody a go. We've not achieved anything with foreign managers.

"Capello did okay, for sure - a bad World Cup (in 2010) - but we haven't really torn up any trees, so why not give it to somebody from here."

Redknapp reiterated he had yet to be approached by the Football Association and remained determined not to let the speculation distract him.

He said: "It's a great job, obviously, to be manager of your country.

"It's difficult. At the moment, I've got a job to do at Tottenham and suddenly we've lost a couple of games.

"I've got to really keep concentrating on my job at Tottenham, which I do 100 per cent, and see what happens at the end of the year.

"Tottenham is my only focus, really. I want to make sure we get Champions League football this year."