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Redknapp plays down talk of England job

ESPNsoccernet staff
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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has played down talk he is set to take over from Fabio Capello as manager of England.

Redknapp has long been considered the favourite to take the top job after Capello vacates the post at the end of the Euro 2012 championships. However, following Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's comments on Tuesday suggesting Redknapp has no interest in the England role at this point in time, the 64-year-old manager also hosed down the prospect of taking control of the national team.

Asked where he stood on the England job, Redknapp said: "Nowhere really. I just have a job to do here.

"I just have to get on with my job. That's all I can do. I don't know what will happen at the end of the season, if anything does. I don't look that far ahead really. I am not a person who thinks about next year or the year after, you start wishing your life away.

"I am only looking at what I am doing now. I have to keep focused on Tottenham. The only thing that enters my mind is getting them back in the Champions League."

Redknapp also quashed the possibility of signing AWOL Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, but did reveal his admiration for the Argentina international as Spurs look to bring in more firepower during the January transfer window.

"He is a special player, but I wouldn't think [signing him is] a real possibility," said Redknapp.

"If someone came along who we felt was special, someone who could make the difference, I think we would go for him. The chairman would back me all the way if it was someone who we felt could take us that extra little bit forward."

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