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Monday, March 26, 2012
FA tight-lipped on Hoddle England hopes

Harry Harris, Football Correspondent

The Football Association have refused to react to the news that Glenn Hoddle has announced he wants to return as England boss.

Adrian Bevington, one of the four men mandated to select Fabio Capello, told ESPNsoccernet on Monday: "I am currently abroad but I am up to speed about what is being said, however the FA have been consistent and we refuse to be drawn on the selection of Fabio Capello's successor."

However Hoddle has said that he would even take the England team as a caretaker to the Euroepan Championships if the FA cannot put their new man in place in time.

Hoddle told the Independent on Monday that "if I died my life would be incomplete" as he has unfinished business with England.

Hoddle has a success rate only third to Sir Alf Ramsey and Capello, and would prove a popular choice according to a poll in the Daily Telegraph which has him at 56% with fans as the ideal choice, which perhaps wipes out the popular view that Harry Redknapp is the only popular choice.

In fact Hoddle is far more qualified than Redknapp in terms of international football as player and manager, but Hoddle believes Redknapp will be offered the post and that he will take it.

Hoddle quit the job he enjoyed at Chelsea in 1996 when England came calling and he believes the same will happen to Redknapp at Spurs.

Former England head coach Hoddle, who was also boss at Spurs, knows it is not "The Impossible Job" at the FA, but instead an impossible job to turn down, if you are English and the national team want you.

Hoddle is sure that Redknapp will be offered the post, that he will accept it, and be installed in time to lead England to the European Championships - the only obstacle will be Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's determination to keep Redknapp.

Currently technical director for a new 20-20 football concept, Hoddle said at its latest launch: "I think Harry's done at the end of the season personally. Tottenham won't want to lose him, but if the FA want to go and get him I think that eventually he'll be their man and Harry will go and take England to the Euros, that's what my belief is, and I think he'll do a good job."

"The FA have been making sure they keep the door open, saying they're not adverse to a foreign manager or anyone else."

"Everyone seems to think they want to go English, but we'll see. My gut feeling is that Harry will take the job.

"Tottenham are sure to want to hold onto him, and rightly so, such is the job he has done there.

"But if Harry wants the job, which I am sure that he does, I would expect him to be the next England manager."

Hoddle, of course, was manager of all three of England, Spurs and Chelsea, and was asked which one he would take on again.

"Not all of them", he said. "But I would take just one of them."

• Glenn Hoddle was talking at the launch of The Elite Legends Cup and the Fallen Heroes Trophy: Tickets on sale from Loftus Road next week.

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