Harry Redknapp backs Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez for England job

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The man who came so close to becoming the England boss in 2012, only to be beaten to the post by Roy Hodgson, believes Brendan Rodgers or Roberto Martinez could lead England to success.

Harry Redknapp was made odds on favourite to take over the England national team in 2012, after Fabio Capello stepped down from the role months before the European Championship kicked off.

However, the FA chose to appoint Hodgson, and Redknapp found himself jobless that summer after Tottenham gave him the boot.

The QPR boss admitted in his autobiography that he had approached Brendan Rodgers, who was still managing at Swansea, to ask whether he would be interested in becoming his assistant at England should he land the job.

However, Redknapp has now tipped Rodgers as one of two men who could lead England to glory.

He does not believe that Hodgson deserves to lose his job after his England side suffered another 2-1 defeat in their second game of the 2014 World Cup, but when he decides to leave the post, Liverpool’s Rodgers, or Everton’s Roberto Martinez would be his choice to take over.

Speaking to TalkSPORT, Redknapp said: “For me personally there are two managers of Merseyside who are absolutely fantastic.”

“When Roy does call it a day, I would love to see England play the way Liverpool do under Brendan and the way Everton play under Martinez.”

England look certain to exit the World Cup at the group stages for the first time since 1958, but the FA are likely to give Hodgson a chance to continue with the young squad he has put together, at least until the end of his contract, which expires after the 2016 European Championship.

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