Redknapp plays down England link

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Harry Redknapp has once again played down talk of him succeeding Fabio Capello as England manager in two years' time, after Tottenham's victory against Inter Milan made him an even firmer favourite for the job.

Owen Coyle, whose Bolton side host Redknapp's Spurs in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, described the 63-year-old as the "perfect" candidate to replace Capello when the Italian's contract expires in 2012. But Redknapp, whose stock has never been higher following Tuesday night's thrilling Champions League win over holders Inter, repeated his usual mantra about the England job.

He said of Coyle's comments: "I appreciate Owen's comments, for sure, but no-one knows where you are in six weeks' time in this game, let alone two years."

He continued: "It's very nice for him to say that but it's two years down the line.

"You know what this game's like: you're flavour of the month this month; next month, they want to bin you. That's football.

"If I'm doing great people'll talk about me; if I'm not doing well I'll be out, forgotten.

Redknapp, who has made no secret of his desire to manage his country, added: "There might be one or two young managers who come along in a year, 18 months, English lads.

"I'd like to see an Englishman get the job.

"Whether it'd be me in the frame in two years', who knows?"

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