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The Punter: Redknapp to replace not so fab Capello as England boss

Harry Rednapp will be the next England manager and odds of 3-1 offered by Ladbrokes must be taken.

Expect the Spurs boss to be in charge before the friendly with Hungary in August by which time Fabio Capello will be gone with a tasty pay-off.

Let's make no mistake, if the FA had not been so stupid as to renew Fabio's contract prior to the World Cup finals, he would have been gone by now as he would have tendered his resignation.

That's not going to happen now that £10m in compensation is up for grabs. This scenario is similar to Rafa Benitez at Liverpool. He was always going to be out the door at Anfield once an acceptable golden goodbye had been agreed. It will be the same here and the FA mandarins have simply bought time to consider how much England’s World Cup debacle is going to cost them.

The FA would not have had to cough up a penny if they had used common sense and waited to see how Capello performed in South Africa before showering him with more millions. Instead, they were blinded by hype and delusions as to how it was all going to pan out for England and Capello.

He will end up back in his home country, if not at Inter Milan, then at some other club falling over themselves to pay him a king's ransom.

But his frailties have been exposed as a world class coach and his failings are likely to hunt him for some time. One thing is clear. His position as England coach is over and the cord will be cut in a fortnight, by which time the FA will have made Fabio an offer he can't refuse.

David Beckham — what on earth was his role in South Africa? — has been cut from 66-1 to 16-1 by one firm to take over but that's as big a joke as England are right now.

And it gets worse!

Hill’s go an unbelievable 10-1 on the Three Lions winning in Brazil in 2014. Others are less stingy at 12s but no ‘Billy Bunter’ in his right mind would accept less than 50-1.

In fact, no European nation will win in South America. They never have.

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