Euro 2012 - Redknapp has England reservations
Mon, 12 Mar 07:55:00 2012
Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to replace Fabio Capello as England manager following the Italian's resignation last month although no approach has yet been made to Tottenham.
The Spurs boss is clearly the leading English contender having won the FA Cup with Portsmouth and taken Tottenham to the Champions League, but his skill-set is widely believed to be weighted towards operations in the transfer market.
Now Redknapp has told French newspaper L'Equipe in a lengthy interview that he does have some reservations over the amount of control an international manager can wield.
"When you have a club, if you need a striker, you buy one," Redknapp said. "When you're the national coach, you have to make do with the players your country has.
"If you don't have a striker, you just don't have one. Moreover you almost never see the players. Two days every two months: it's very difficult."
When pressed over whether he would like the England job, Redknapp replied: "I am not sure. I have a very good job at Tottenham and I'm happy there. But I don't know. Wait and see."
Sir Alex Ferguson has said Redknapp is the obvious choice to take charge of England ahead of Euro 2012 and when asked about the endorsement of such an influential figure, he replied: "I know. Well ... I love my life at Tottenham."
Redknapp is still planning for a future at White Hart Lane and has made Lille midfielder Eden Hazard a key target for the summer.
The Belgium international has been linked with Arsenal and Real Madrid in recent months yet Redknapp says Spurs are ready to make a substantial offer for Hazard, even if Ferguson and Roberto Mancini are also tracking the player.
"Our owner is ready to pay for an exceptional talent like Eden Hazard," Redknapp said. "I have seen him several times.
"But I know Manchester United are also following him very closely. City too. It will be difficult to sign him. But I love him. Last year, I loved Gervinho too (before his move from Lille to Arsenal)."