Talking Football - England role could be shared with club duty

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So much has already been said about the odds-on prospect of Harry Redknapp becoming the next England manager.

To many people it seems inevitable and the only option.

How could any patriotic person turn down this opportunity?

But perhaps it’s not quite as simple as it sounds.

Redknapp seems certain to guide Tottenham Hotspur back into the UEFA Champions League and they might even maintain a challenge for the Manchester clubs in the Barclays Premier League title race.

There must be a question over whether he would want to walk away from that at the end of the season.

Yet I’m wondering if he could carry on at White Hart Lane and also take charge of the national team.

Why not? After all, being England coach is hardly a full-time job – regardless of the ridiculous wages which have been thrown at Sven-Goran Eriksson and Fabio Capello without any real rewards.

Every time there are international fixtures, clubs get a break while the majority of managers hope their players return safely from all over the world.

Redknapp has received plenty of praise for Tottenham producing ‘fantasy football’ which is fair enough.

However, let’s take a closer look at the line-up which thrashed Newcastle United 5-0 on Saturday night.

Only four Englishmen were in the Spurs team while Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe came on midway through the second half when the result was beyond doubt.

All of the goals were created and converted by foreign players.

At least Redknapp wouldn’t be allowed to select Benoit Assou- Ekotto at left-back for England!

There has been speculation that Scott Parker could be named as captain – despite limited experience in a stand-in role at club level.

We are also told that English expectations will not be as astronomically high as usual ahead of this summer’s European Championship finals.

If you actually believe that then you probably need another reality check.

Redknapp has mentioned that he would like to take Paul Scholes to the tournament and even compared him to Spanish greats Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Perhaps he could finally show Scholes how to tackle properly! But it’s eight years since he retired from international duty so there must be other options out there and younger talent.

As for the top job, if Redknapp doesn’t get it for whatever reason, you can’t rule out Roy Hodgson who already has plenty of experience at that level.

And there is a possibility that Jose Mourinho – another darling of the English media – might be looking for a different role next season.