Rio - Go and get Harry
Rio Ferdinand believes Harry Redknapp would make a 'great' England manager and is determined to reclaim his own place in the squad.
Last Updated: 03/03/12 10:44am
Rio Ferdinand believes Harry Redknapp would make a 'great' England manager and is determined to reclaim his own place in the squad for Euro 2012.
Tottenham Hotspur boss Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to become the next England coach following Fabio Capello's resignation last month.
Under 21 chief Stuart Pearce was in charge for the midweek friendly defeat by the Netherlands and has offered to lead England into the European Championship if required.
The Football Association has drawn up a shortlist of contenders to replace Capello, but has confirmed a decision is unlikely to be made until towards the end of the season.
Ferdinand played under Redknapp at West Ham United and the former England skipper believes his old manager is the obvious choice to take charge of the national team.
Beating door down
"If I was the geezer in the suit upstairs making the decision, I would go and get Harry, without a doubt," Ferdinand told The Sun.
"Of the possible England managers out there I don't see anyone beating the door down as hard as him.
"Obviously Spurs will have something to say about it and no disrespect to them, but Harry would make a great England manager."
The 33-year-old was disappointed not to be included in Pearce's squad to face the Dutch, but is eager to force his way back into the England squad for the European Championship.
He added: "Whenever an England squad has come up over the last 13 or 14 years I've been in almost every one when I've been fit.
"Stuart Pearce told me he was taking some younger players and wouldn't have learned anything from me going out there playing.
"I respect that but at the same time if you're not disappointed at being left out there's something wrong with you.
"I still want to play for England. Believe me, if given the chance to go to the Euros I will be there. I've got no thought of retiring.
"And if Harry Redknapp is the manager we will have a good shot at it."