Steven Gerrard has tipped Harry Redknapp as favourite to take on the England managerial position next year, with the Liverpool skipper insisting that with so many good English managers available, the FA shouldn’t bother looking abroad when choosing Fabio Capello’s successor.
Redknapp’s odds to take over one of the toughest jobs in football have continuously shortened in recent years, particularly after the former Portsmouth man took Tottenham Hotspur to their first Champions League tournament in the history of the club last season.
And Gerrard believes that this achievement shows that Redknapp would be a fantastic manager for England, and able to handle the pressure associated with dealing with big personalities.
"There are very good English managers out there," Gerrard told Sky Sports News.
"Harry Redknapp's name crops up a lot and he's done an unbelievable job. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for what he's done at Tottenham. There's also maybe two or three other candidates along with Harry.
"I don't see why we should have to look abroad if the English managers are good enough to do it, which I believe they are. But, for me, it's always the case of picking the best manager that can bring success for the country."
Capello will complete his last stint as England manager when the side head to the European Championships next year, and Gerrard is hoping to give the Italian the best results he could ask for before he goes on to his next job.
"I've enjoyed working with Fabio since he's been here," he said.
"If I'm selected to go in the summer my attitude will be to give everything for the manager knowing that it is his last tournament.
"They'll be nothing better than to send him away with a smile on his face and have a successful tournament."
Gerrard is already starting to mentally prepare for the tournament next June, with the midfielder insisting he plans on giving it his all as if it were his last mention for the Three Lions.
"For the players and the staff at this level you've always got to treat a tournament like it is your last one because you never know if you're going to be involved two years or four years down the line,” he explained.
"As far as your performances go you've got to try and leave everything out there and give everything you've got.
"There's a fine blend of young, exciting players coming through and there's still some good old ones about as well so hopefully we've got the right balance in the squad going into the summer tournament.”
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