The next England manager

Harry "not even thought" about England

February 9, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Harry Redknapp may be the clear favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England manager but the Tottenham boss claims he is fully focused on his club duties and has "not even thought about" the vacant position with the national team.

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Redknapp was tipped to replace Capello after Euro 2012 but the Italian opted to quit his post as England manager on Wednesday following a disagreement with the FA regarding the decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy for a second time.

With just four months left before the start of European Championship the FA must move quickly to appoint a new manager, but is likely to install a caretaker boss for the upcoming friendly with Netherlands at Wembley on February 29.

That would allow Redknapp, who was cleared of tax evasion charges this week that cleared the way for the Englishman to take charge of the national team, to see out the season with Tottenham before taking over as Three Lions boss.

However, Redknapp told Sky Sports: "I've not even thought about it. I've got a job to do. I've got a big game on Saturday for Tottenham.

"Tottenham is my focus... They [the Football Association] will make whatever decision they want to make. Hopefully it'll be the right decision for the country but my focus is all on Tottenham."

Redknapp still has 15 months to run on his contract at White Hart Lane and it is thought that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will fight to keep hold of the man who led his side to the Champions League for the first time in their history in 2010, and is well placed to do so once more this season.

The Tottenham chief is yet to speak about the situation but non-executive director Keith Mills says it's not a foregone conclusion that Redknapp will even be offered the England job.

"Harry needs to make a decision whether he'd like the job or to stay at Tottenham," Mills told BBC Radio 4. "I'm sure Harry won't be the only candidate. Whether Harry's approached or not is not a foregone conclusion."