Hoddle backs Capello for England

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle says Fabio Capello is the right man for the national team job.

"If the FA want a foreign coach then it needs to be someone who has done well at the highest level," he told Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"The man who fits that description is Capello. He's my number one choice for the job.

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"I feel the successful candidate must have vast experience at all levels if the FA are to opt for a foreign manager."

Hoddle continued: "I would allow Capello to bring one of his assistants in that he could work off.

"But I would have an English guy operating alongside him who would be groomed to eventually take over.

"It doesn't have to be a young man but guys like Stuart Pearce, Alan Shearer, Steve Coppell are possibilities."

Hoddle, who managed England between 1996 and 1999, believes Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is the obvious choice if the FA refuse to look overseas.

"If the FA are going to go English, then there aren't too many candidates," he said.

"But if he has to be English I would go for Harry Redknapp. He can handle players and knows how the game should be played.

"He's done a great job at Portsmouth and would get the best out of the players.

"The FA would probably not go for a character like Henry. But it's time to get who we feel is the right person in there rather than someone who fits the mould."

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