Harry Redknapp admits the England manager's job is a "poisoned chalice" and insists he has not been approached by the Football Association about taking over from Fabio Capello after Euro 2012.
Redknapp is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Capello when the Italian's contract expires next summer. Redknapp's stock has risen remarkably since taking charge at Spurs, dragging the Londoners from the relegation zone to a Champions League quarter-final place during his three-year spell at the helm.
And while Redknapp would gladly take the England job, he also admits the position does have its drawbacks. Asked whether the job is a poisoned chalice, Redknapp said: "Yes. (But) It would be difficult for any Englishman to turn the job down."
He added: "I'm not pushing myself for the job; whoever gets offered the job, if they're an Englishman it would be hard to say no because it's your country."
Reports recently claimed that the FA even wanted Redknapp to take over from Capello before Euro 2012.
However, the Spurs boss is adamant that he has had no contact from the FA and insists he has never spoken to Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy about it.
"I haven't heard nothing from anybody so I'll just get on with my job and see what happens," said Redknapp ahead of Spurs' Europa League clash against PAOK Salonika on Thursday night.
"You never know what happens in this game do you? You never know what's just around the corner.
"I've never discussed anything with Daniel about England. There are plenty of other boys about who could do the job. We'll see how we go."
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