Tottenham coach backs Redknapp for England job

TOTTENHAM’S first-team coach Joe Jordan has backed Harry Redknapp’s claim to the England post, admitting that it is “worth speculating” about the Spurs boss’ future.

Redknapp was heavily linked with a promotion to the international game in the summer in the midst of the Three Lions’ World Cup debacle, and his success with Tottenham in this season’s Champions League has only increased his standing.

The 63-year-old was recently revealed to be on a short-list of English managers to replace Fabio Capello, and last week hinted once again that he would accept the post if it was offered.

“Harry’s English for a start,” said Jordan, a key member of Redknapp’s backroom staff at White Hart Lane. “I can understand why a lot of people are talking about it at the moment. If you look at his record I think it’s worth people actually speculating on it,”

“There’s a man in the job at the moment, Fabio Capello’s there. I don’t know what the future holds but he’s there and he’s there on merit.

“His record is incredible but people do always speculate and myself, being a Scot, I look at my own nation and I like to see a Scot being in charge there – and a lot of English people are the same.

“If you were talking about an Englishman being in the running for the England job in the future then you are going to get that, and rightly so because it goes hand in hand.

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“If you’re in charge of a team that’s doing well and progressing, it’s only right if you’re talking about a national job, and I think for a manager it’s the pinnacle of your career to be selected for your national post – and I can see Harry being one of the favourites, without a doubt.”