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Tottenham great Hoddle wary of taking England U21 job - Hinchcliffe

Former Manchester City, Everton and England defender Andy Hinchcliffe says Glenn Hoddle will be asking plenty of questions before he even considers the England U21 job.

The former Tottenham star and England manager is being linked with the Young Lions job after their disastrous performance at the Euro U21 championships in Israel but Hinchcliffe understands why he would be cautious.

"Glenn is a fantastic coach, he's a great motivator, a good communicator and tactician," Hinchcliffe told Sky Sports News Radio.

"He's got everything you could possibly need. That's why he managed England at senior level. I enjoyed playing under him.

"But I think he would want to know the structure, and how the players are going to come through to him. He can only do his job with the players that he's given.

"It's about his relationship with the clubs and with the senior England set-up as well. He'll want to know that everything is in place to give him a chance of doing well as Under-21 manager.

"For Glenn, or anyone of that stature, it could prove difficult. However good you are, if you're just given a bunch of players and they're not necessarily your choice of players, it's very hard within a week to mould them into a team that can do well in major tournaments."

Under Stuart Pearce, the England U21s were beaten by Italy, Norway and hosts Israel to bow out of the competition without a single point, scoring just one goal.

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