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Rodgers would have considered Redknapp's England proposal
Harry asked the then-Swansea boss to be his assistant the Euros.

BRENDAN RODGERS WOULD have considered becoming Harry Redknapp’s assistant had he been named England manager last year.

QPR manager Redknapp claimed in his recently-released autobiography that he sought out the then Swansea City boss to be his number two for England while still in his former post at Tottenham.

The scenario never came to fruition, however, as the Football Association opted for Roy Hodgson to replace Italian Fabio Capello instead in 2012.

And Liverpool manager Rodgers admits he would have thought about the offer had Redknapp been handed the reins, but denied he had already agreed to the proposal.

“My version was that April when I was manager at Swansea, Harry had asked me after the game when we played,” he said.

“He pulled me aside and it was a unique conversation because he was obviously very confident — as was the nation — he was going to be offered the national team job.

“Here was a Premier League manager asking another Premier League manager to come and work with him at the European Championships. It was a quick conversation. I was aware he was very keen for me to team up with him if he was given the role.

“There was no decision either way. Out of the respect I have for Harry, I was going to consider it.

“He is a wonderful chemist, he knows what he wants from a team, knows the types of players and knows the exciting type of football and I think he wanted someone to come and implement those ideas.

“There was no answer yes or no, but I would have considered it for him. Obviously at the end of it all it was irrelevant as the job was given to Roy and he has done a brilliant job.

“I was really happy at Swansea. I had spoken to them about the possibility but it was something that after the appointment was made there were no further thoughts on it. I saw that if it was to happen it would be a unique opportunity to show British players could play football: they are technically and tactically very strong they just need that support and confidence to go and play that way.”

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