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Alan Green: Just hurry up and give Harry Redknapp the England job

Did you notice the television close-ups of Stuart Pearce, ‘England’s caretaker manager’, on Saturday during the games at Arsenal and QPR?

On each occasion he had his head down. What was he doing? Whittling down his squad of EIGHTY for the London Olympics? Personally, I don’t much care whether it includes David Beckham or Wayne Rooney — in very different ways, BOTH ridiculous selections — but I am concerned that Pearce (pictured) is still in the frame to succeed Fabio Capello.

What on earth is the Football Association playing at? Do they believe you can be appointed one day, pick the squad the next — that is, the one that matters, for the Euros — and step on a plane fully prepared?

As it is, the dilly-dallying has certainly contributed to the implosion of Tottenham’s season. I’m not buying the excuse that injuries have caused the catastrophic run that is threatening Spurs’ Champions League ambitions; its players not knowing who’ll be in charge next season. Approach Daniel Levy, sort out compensation and appoint Harry Redknapp i.e. if you really must have an Englishman in charge.

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