Frank Lampard backs Harry Redknapp for England role

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Frank Lampard believes Harry Redknapp would be an "outstanding" England manager.

Tottenham boss Redknapp is the bookies' favourite to be chosen by the Football Association as Fabio Capello's successor and his stock grew even further on Tuesday night when he masterminded Spurs' 1-0 Champions League win at AC Milan.

Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who is also Redknapp's nephew, told BBC Sport: "It's for him and the FA to decide but it'd be nice if it were an English manager.

"At the moment, Harry's doing a fantastic job at Spurs and if he has an opportunity to manage England, I'm sure he'd be an outstanding manager.

"But, at the moment, we have to play for Capello and we have to win something."

Lampard, who captained his country to victory in Denmark last week, admitted the only way to exorcise the ghost of last summer's World Cup debacle would be for England to qualify for and perform at next summer's European Championships.

"Since the World Cup, we've had good and not so good results," he said.

"We haven't turned the corner yet. That is a process and takes time.

"When we reach the European Championships and do better than we did at the World Cup then we can say we have."

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