Ferguson backs Redknapp for England

04 March 2012 06:29:08 EST

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said in the build-up to his side's crunch clash with Tottenham that Harry Redknapp will be the next England boss.

Ferguson, whose side are 7/1 to beat Spurs 1-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, is in no doubt that Redknapp will be the man who is offered the job.

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"I think it's inevitable, Harry and England," said Ferguson. "I really do. I know the FA are supposed to be drawing up a list, but I don't see anybody else who is being talked about getting it.

"If they went for someone else they would have the public against them and they would be panicking. The drive and energy is all about Harry."

I think it's inevitable, Harry and England.

Sir Alex Ferguson

United are currently 13/2 to win the Premier League title and 1212/1 to claim the Europa League this season.

Gareth Bale looks set to play against United despite picking up a hamstring injury in midweek, while Kyle Walker (ankle), Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Ledley King (knee) should all have recovered from their injuries in time to feature.

Scott Parker is suspended while long-term absentees William Gallas (calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remain sidelined.

United defender Chris Smalling is doubtful after needing stitches in a head wound sustained during England's friendly defeat to Holland but Wayne Rooney should play after recovering from a throat infection. Antonio Valencia (hamstring), Tom Cleverley (ankle) and Michael Owen (thigh) are all out though.

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