Harry Redknapp has suggested that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be a good choice as a future England manager, but the priority should still be an Englishman.
Interim boss Gareth Southgate will hope to take two big steps towards landing the job on a permanent basis over the next few days.
England take on Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday night before facing Spain in an international friendly at Wembley next week, and positive results and performances in those two games could seal the deal for the former Middlesbrough boss.
Redknapp isn’t completely sold on him though, and while he has suggested that Klopp would be a welcome choice, he prefers it to be an Englishman who gets the job next.
“Maybe Jurgen Klopp would be OK. I do like Klopp’s personality,” he told The Daily Mail. “It looks like the Liverpool players want to play for him. But it should be English. You could go for Sean Dyche, he’s getting blood from a stone at Burnley.
“Eddie Howe is an obvious candidate. In two or three years I can see Eddie being England manager.
“At the moment he’s happy at Bournemouth, he’s at home with a good owner.”
The 69-year-old covered various topics in the interview, but this one won’t sit particularly well with Liverpool fans who will have no desire to see Klopp leave Anfield any time soon.
Having built on the success that he enjoyed last year, the German tactician is enjoying his first full season in charge even more as he has guided the Reds to top spot in the Premier League after 11 games.
In turn, he won’t be having any thoughts about leaving the club and neither will the club want to see him leave, and so England will undoubtedly be looking elsewhere.
Southgate has done a commendable job since replacing Sam Allardyce, but results will now dictate whether or not the FA have faith to offer him the role on a full-time basis.