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Fabio Capello believes that Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are leading the list of potential candidates to replace him when he steps down as England manager in 2012.

The Football Association have confirmed that they intend to replace Capello with an Englishman when the Italian's contract ends after the European Championships.

When asked which English managers are performing best, the Italian said: "In this moment Allardyce and Redknapp are doing very well because they have different players, they have good style and get results with them. It is important for a coach to understand which type of players they manage and find the best style."

Tottenham manager Redknapp is the bookmakers' favourite after he brought Champions League football to White Hart Lane, while Blackburn manager Allardyce has won many plaudits during his nine-year spell in top-flight management.

Allardyce, who took Bolton into Europe and managed Newcastle before joining Blackburn, is unsure whether he would be able to adapt to the rigours of international management.

"I can't answer that because I haven't been an international manager," said the Rovers manager who, along with Capello, was speaking at the Future Game conference at Wembley on Thursday.

"All I do know is that from all the international managers I have spoken to it's a complete change from what I'm doing now.

"Fabio has talked about how he had to go from dealing with players on a day-to-day basis to having all of a sudden to deal with working with them now and again.

"Being an international manager is all about getting the best footballers available to you who are as fit as possible and putting those players in the best formation and get a result.

"You'd have to work out the best positions for all the players and that would be very difficult I would think. I have not been there but the pressure that they experience is immense, far bigger than they experience at their own clubs."

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