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FA technical director speaks to Redknapp

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp confirmed that he has spoken with the English's FA technical director regarding the vacant manager's position.

Dan Ashworth is part of the FA's three-man selection panel, together with vice-chairman David Gill and chief executive Martin Glenn, to find Roy Hodgson's replacement.

Redknapp was touted by the British press as the frontrunner for the job before Hodgson was appointed in May 2012.

He has ruled himself out of the running this time around, but has been reportedly sought out by the FA for his opinion on the matter.

The 69-year-old had previously slammed the FA, saying that he had "no faith whatsoever in the Football Association picking the right man" to replace Hodgson.

The former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss' England tenure was cut short after he resigned immediately following a shock Euro 2016 Round-of-16 2-1 defeat by Iceland last month.

Redknapp told talkSPORT: "I did have a meeting with Dan Ashworth.

"We had a coffee and a chat. It was generally about football.

"I enjoyed it. I had a good meeting with him, it was interesting."

Redknapp has called for Glenn Hoddle to be the new Three Lions boss, but said that Sam Allardyce would be a good alternative.

He said: "I was in Glenn's camp… but I will be delighted if Sam gets it."

"Sam is a good man. He has plenty of knowledge, he will have plenty of enthusiasm for the job, so I will have no problems if Sam gets the job.

"I want an English manager, that is important to me. I want to see one of the English boys get it.

"It will be interesting if Sam gets the job who they put alongside him.

"I am sure they will want to bring in a young guy as a manager for the future. That seems to be the plan."

One young hopeful who has put his name into the hat is former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.

When asked if he would be interested in the England job, he replied: "All day."

NO CONTACT

Fellow former United defender Steve Bruce, who has also been linked with the job, admitted that he had not been contacted by the FA.

The Hull manager's credentials were recently championed by ex-England striker Alan Shearer.

Said Bruce: "At the moment, if there is a call, then it hasn't happened yet.

"I think we are all guessing and, when you are guessing and talking about speculation... you can't control it.

"So if something happens, I will be delighted to tell you, and I'm sure the club will be delighted to tell you.

"But, at the moment, nothing has happened." - Wire Services.

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