Defoe worried at potential Redknapp exit

Jermain Defoe has voiced his fears that Harry Redknapp could well leave Tottenham to take up the vacated England manager job, reports BBC Sport.

After Fabio Capello stepped down, a string of English players have called for 64-year-old Harry Redknapp to become the next manager, with many publicly tweeting their opinion. Wayne Rooney stated, “Got to be English to replace him – Harry Redknapp for me,” whilst team-mate Rio Ferdinand said, “Harry Redknapp would be my choice by a distance.” Meanwhile, manager Sir Alex Ferguson also weighed in, calling Redknapp ‘the best man’ to lead England.

“Everyone wants Harry to be the next England manager,” Defoe said. “He’ll never turn around and say ‘no, I don’t want the job’, because it’s such a big job. [But] we don’t want Harry to leave because of what he’s achieved.”

It is anticipated that Tottenham will attempt to rebuff any attempt to appoint Redknapp before the end of the Premier League season, and will seek to be heavily compensated if he does leave.

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