Redknapp's England dream
Harry Redknapp has admitted he would feel like 'a traitor' if he turned down the chance to manage England.
By Rob Parrish
Last Updated: 25/11/07 1:02pm
Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he would feel like 'a traitor' if he turned down the chance to manage England.
The Fratton Park boss has seen his name linked with the vacancy created by Steve McClaren's dismissal in the wake of England's miserable Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.
Pompey have insisted they will reject any approach from the FA for their manager, but Redknapp feels it would be impossible to turn down the national job.
Although the former West Ham boss does not believe he is a serious contender, he feels some of his rival managers are not being entirely genuine when they rule themselves out of contention.
Redknapp said: "It's nice that some people are saying I could do the job but I don't see it happening.
"Let's be honest. If you're English and you're managing in the Premier League and then the FA come along and offer you the job, I don't think anyone will say no.
"I have heard so many English candidates coming out and saying they don't want the job.
"We can all say we don't want it but maybe they're saying that because they don't think they will be appointed.
"When you go into football you want to realise your dream of managing in the Premier League - but managing your country is an even greater dream.
"We all want to stay loyal to our clubs but I would still say you'd have to almost be a traitor not to do it. How could you not do it?"