Harry Redknapp is a leading contender to replace Fabio Capello as England boss, according to FA’s general secretary Alex Horne.
Capello has confirmed he will leave his post in 2012, and Redknapp has been consistently linked with job following his success at Spurs over the past couple of seasons.
And Horne said: “Harry Redknapp is a great manager. Tottenham are playing great football and to qualify for the Champions League (knockout stage) from a position of being forth favourites in the group is huge testimony to that.
“I would expect Harry to make a long list (for the job). It may not be a very long, long list.”
Horne went on to admit that even though Capello’s departure date is known to the FA, no selection process has been put in place to find his successor. He added:
“(Capello’s) there until 2012 which gives me 18, 19 months to prepare for that process.
“It is not a policy that they would be English. It is an absolute preference for certain individuals. It is not yet a board decision.
“We thought about this long and hard when we got Fabio Capello. We got the right man for the job and that is what we will do again.”