Liverpool legend Alan Hansen has praised Spurs boss Harry Redknapp for his handling of William Gallas.
The Tottenham Hotspur manager was criticised for bringing the temperamental former Arsenal defender to White Hart Lane in the summer, but Gallas has gone on to become an integral part of the side and is involved in a fitness race ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against Real Madrid.
“Harry’s ability to get the best from his players has been borne out by his success at Tottenham and nobody sums that up better than William Gallas," said Hansen in his Daily Telegraph column.
“When Gallas arrived at Spurs from Arsenal last summer, he was still one of the top three centre-backs and full-backs around, but the problems he had at Chelsea continued to haunt him at the Emirates.
“Players of his experience tend not to change, but Harry has certainly done something because Gallas has been unbelievable for Tottenham this season.
"It is a classic example of Harry understanding how to deal with players to coax the best from them and, from an England point of view, he is the only realistic candidate.”
Jose Mourinho joined the plaudits for Redknapp, and agreed in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight's game that the former Portsmouth manager is the ideal candidate for the Three Lions in the future.
"Give him a team - a leading club side, a national team, even England - and he will be ready for it. He is as good a manager as that," said the Special One.
Spurs trained at the Santiago Bernabeu last night ahead of the first leg, with the second leg next week in north London.