'Southgate & Hoddle right for England'

Glenn Hoddle and Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate and Glenn Hoddle are the right men to take England forward after Roy Hodgson’s resignation as manager, says ex-captain Alan Shearer.

Hodgson, 68, stepped down after four years in charge following a 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

“Southgate fits the FA’s remit and he’s done a very good job with the Under-21s,” Shearer told BBC Sport.

“Hoddle is a great coach who’s still got a lot to offer. If they went down that route, I would back it.”

Shearer, who has expressed an interest in the vacancy himself, added: “Glenn was brilliant for England. If the idea was to get Southgate in there, he could bring that experience around him.”

Hoddle, 58, coached England for three years between 1996 and 1999, leading England to the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup, but has not managed since 2006, when he stepped down as manager of Wolves.

Southgate, 45, has led the England Under-21 side since 2013. In his previous role, and first managerial appointment, he took Middlesbrough down to the Championship and was sacked in 2009.

“The new manager has to come in with passion, belief and a direction,” Match of the Day pundit Shearer said.

“It’s about having a leader in there. Southgate is certainly one of those guys. As is Hoddle, who I played under at the 1998 World Cup.

“Under Roy, it’s been a disaster. England need a system to play to. It’s been noticeable in the tournament that Italy and Germany have a system and stick to it. The players fit into it. That is what England need; an identity.”

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Southgate is the current bookmakers’ favourite to be England’s next manager, with Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew and Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe joint second favourites.

Shearer said on Monday that he told the FA four or five years ago that he wanted the England job and that he would now speak to them again.

“They looked at me and said: ‘No, you haven’t got the experience.’ I said: ‘You have hired experienced managers, spent a fortune on them and I could not have done any worse’,” he explained.

“I would speak to the FA now, definitely. I’d offer my experience, tournament experience. Even if Southgate gets it.”

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, former Tottenham and QPR boss Harry Redknapp, widely tipped for the England job before Hodgson’s appointment in 2012, said he had “no faith whatsoever in the FA picking the right man”.

He added: “Gareth Southgate has done a great job with the Under-21s but there is no way he is ready for the challenge of taking on the England team.”

England won just three of 11 games in major tournament finals under Hodgson. They were knocked out by Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, and failed to progress from their group at the 2014 World Cup.

Their next game is the first of their qualification campaign for the 2018 World Cup, away to Slovakia on 4 September.

That is followed by home matches against Malta and Slovenia in October, with their group also including Scotland and Lithuania.

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