London – Wayne Rooney has admitted that he wanted Harry Redknapp to become England’s head coach when Fabio Capello quit in February last year.
Redknapp’s autobiography has been serialised in the Daily Mail this week and the QPR chief admitted that a number of England players sent messages to him, expecting that he would get the job.
But he was overlooked in favour of Roy Hodgson, and the England coach has Rooney’s full backing.
The Manchester United striker said: “I remember tweeting about it and saying I hoped he would get the England job.
“At the time he was doing a tremendous job with Tottenham, but then Roy has popped up and the FA have gone with Roy. For me it’s the right decision. I feel he’s going to take us to the World Cup and it’s probably the most I’ve enjoyed working with any England manager.”
Meanwhile, Redknapp has been accused by former FA chairman David Bernstein of being “disrespectful” to Hodgson in the build-up to two World Cup qualifiers.
Redknapp was overlooked by Bernstein in February 2012 when Capello resigned from the role.
The QPR boss accused the FA of being “clueless” this week and Bernstein, since replaced by Greg Dyke, claims it could affect Hodgson’s preparations before Friday’s clash with Montenegro.
Bernstein said: “To come out and effectively criticise a process and another manager – because that is what he did – at this particular time where we had two crucial international matches coming up was something I thought someone like Harry would think better of.’
“Gutted Capello has quit. Good guy and top coach. Got to be English to replace him. Harry Redknapp for me.” Rooney’s tweeted in February last year – Daily Mail