Shearer backs Hoddle's England case


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Alan Shearer says Glenn Hoddle is a realistic contender for the England manager's job should Harry Redknapp not be appointed.

In an interview with The Independent, Hoddle, a former England manager, said his "life would be incomplete" without a second opportunity in charge of the national side.

Hoddle managed England from 1996 to 1999. "His coaching was excellent and he had a decent record," Shearer said. Asked if Hoddle was a realistic contender to succeed Fabio Capello, Shearer told BBC Sport: "Why shouldn't he be? He was successful when he was England manager.

"On the pitch everyone liked him. He gave me the England captaincy so I thought he was fantastic!"