Redknapp holds no grudges against England boss-elect Hodgson

Harry Redknapp insists he holds no grudges against Roy Hodgson, even though the West Brom boss is set to inherit the England role he craved.

The Football Association stunned most observers when they went against public opinion last night and confirmed they had made an approach for Hodgson to replace Fabio Capello.

Redknapp had been the overwhelming favourite, but despite winning the FA Cup at Portsmouth and taking Tottenham into the Champions League, it seems he is not what the FA were looking for.

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“I don’t hold grudges, I don’t feel like that,” said Redknapp this morning.

“There’s no problem. If Roy takes the job I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy.

“I’m sure he’ll be a big success.

“I still think England’s got some great players, I really do.

“I think there’s some fantastic players in this country, some young players coming through, some great experienced players.

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“I’m looking forward to the European Championships, looking forward to watching it.

“Life couldn’t be better, the sun’s shining, my health is good, very lucky man.”

The latest developments mark the beginning of an end to a tortuous few weeks since Capello announced his resignation on February 8.

It is anticipated Hodgson will speak to the four-man FA board later today and his appointment will be confirmed within the next 48 hours, which would allow him to announce England’s Euro 2012 squad on May 10, as indicated by Stuart Pearce last week.

“I suppose it’s dragged on, but it’s no problem,” said Redknapp.