Redknapp unsure over England role

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Harry Redknapp says he is "not sure" whether he wants to take the England job and admits it would be "difficult" to make the transition from club boss to international manager.

Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to fill the vacant England manager's job following the resignation of Fabio Capello. The Tottenham manager has spent the last month dealing with questions about the position, and a number of high-profile managers and players from within English football have backed the 65-year-old to succeed Capello.

Redknapp has blown hot and cold when asked about the job, and in an interview with L'Equipe - when asked if he would like to manage England - he said: "I'm not sure. I have a very good job at Tottenham today and I like it. But I do not know. We will wait and see."

At 65 years old, Redknapp would be forgiven for wanting to give up his daily gruelling routine of driving 125 miles to Tottenham's training ground, but he says his life at the London club is blissful and admits the challenges facing an international manager are totally different to those at club level.

"When you have a club, you are looking for a striker and you take them," he said. "When you're coach, you must do with the players you have in your country.

"If you do not have a good scorer, you have none. And you almost never see the players. Two days all two months: it is very difficult."

The FA have said they will wait until the "back end" of this season before making an approach for their preferred candidate as they are keen not to disrupt any domestic manager in charge of a club.

Redknapp is determined to continue with life as normal until the FA come calling, and has revealed that planning has already started on summer transfer targets.

The Spurs boss has watched highly-rated Lille midfielder Eden Hazard recently and has revealed club chairman Daniel Levy is determined to break the bank to sign the Belgian.

"Our chairman is willing to pay for an exceptional talent like Eden Hazard," Redknapp said. "I have seen him several times recently at Marseille, and I also saw him in the French cup final last year. But I know that Manchester United and Manchester City are watching him so it will be difficult to get him. But I like him a lot."

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