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Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is the early favourite of a not very
long list of mooted candidates to replace Roy Hodgson as coach of
England following their embarrassing exit at Euro 2016.
Having flirted with foreign coaches such as Sven-Goran Eriksson and
then autocratic Italian Fabio Capello before bringing in the
vastly-experienced Hodgson, the Football Association (FA) are likely to
go for an Englishman if the bookies are to be believed.
But none of the small list of leading English contenders have won a
major trophy, something which does not augur well for their hopes of
rebuilding the morale of a side beaten 2-1 in such abject fashion by
Iceland on Monday.
Southgate - perhaps best known for missing a spot-kick in the Euro
96 semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat against Germany at Wembley -
restored some of his reputation with victory at the prestigious Toulon
tournament in May having had a disappointing European Under-21 campaign
The 45-year-old - who has been in charge of the England Under-21
side since 2013 - has managed just one club, Middlesbrough. He kept
them in the Premier League for two seasons before they were relegated in
the 2008/09 campaign.
Southgate is now 6/4 favourite with British bookmakers, having been
6/1 on Monday night once Hodgson's assistant, former Manchester United
star Gary Neville, also resigned following the Iceland defeat.
Former England captain
Alan Shearer, who said the team were "pretty pathetic" and "clueless"
against Iceland, has indicated he would like a go but his sole
experience at managerial level is an unhappy spell at his beloved
But Shearer, who said "he hasn't got a cat in hell's chance" of
getting the England job, subsequently called for Southgate to work under
Glenn Hoddle, a former England manager.
Hoddle was in charge of England from 1996-1999, a spell that included
the 1998 World Cup in France where the team reached the second round
before losing on penalties to Argentina.
But the former Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder lost the post
in bizarre fashion after the FA sacked him following a newspaper
interview in which he suggested disabled people were being punished for
"sins in a former life".
Shearer, who played under Hoddle, 58, told BBC Radio on Tuesday: "I
would back Gareth Southgate if he was to go in there. But I would also
look at getting experience around him like Glenn Hoddle.
"Glenn was brilliant as a coach for England in my opinion, he has got
so much to offer and is still young enough so I would totally back
Gareth and Glenn."
Veteran manager Harry Redknapp, considered for the job before Hodgson
was appointed in 2012, went even further by telling talkSPORT radio:
"Glenn is your man. Why is Gareth the favourite and more suited?
"I think we have got the perfect man, Glenn fits the bill for me.
"He said something, but that was a long time ago. He deserves another chance."
Others in the frame include the combative Alan Pardew, who guided
Crystal Palace to the FA Cup final last term, losing 2-1 to Manchester
United in extra-time.
The young hope is Eddie Howe, who has impressed at Bournemouth, the
38-year-old taking them into the Premier League for the first time in
their history and retaining their status last season.
But his inexperience at the top level may mark him out as an England
manager of the future rather than Hodgson's immediate successor.
Scotsman David Moyes and Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers have also
been mentioned, but the former has not flourished since early promise at
Everton while Rodgers has just taken over the reins at Scottish
Perhaps the man that a few years ago England and the FA would have
yearned for, Arsenal's long-serving Frenchman Arsene Wenger, still
figures on the bookies' lists.
But would he, at 66, really want the extraordinary pressure that the England job brings?