Shearer wants England job but talks up alternative double act

Date published: Tuesday 28th June 2016 8:15

Alan Shearer: Named his man for England

Alan Shearer has thrown his hat into the ring for the England job – but has also suggested a double act of Gareth Southgate and Glenn Hoddle – after their “clueless and embarrassing” Euro 2016 exit.

Roy Hodgson stepped down after their elimination at the last-16 stage following the woeful 2-1 defeat to Iceland in Nice.

The Football Association will aim to appoint Hodgson’s successor quickly, with current Under-21s manager Southgate the early favourite.

Shearer, who said he would be interested in the role but thinks he “hasn’t got a cat in hell’s chance” of getting it, believes Hoddle, who managed England at the 1998 World Cup finals, should also return to the fray.


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The former Three Lions striker told BBC 5Live: “It was pretty pathetic in my opinion. There was a lot of hype coming into the tournament about our young, energetic youngsters, our players aren’t as good as we think they are.

“It was awful to watch, we were clueless. We were out-fought, out-battled, their tactics were better than ours and everywhere you looked on the pitch it was pretty embarrassing.

“He (Southgate) fits their remit, he has been with the Under-21s, he has been around the squad so I would back Gareth Southgate if he was to go in there. But I would also look at getting experience around him like Glenn Hoddle.

“Glenn was brilliant as a coach for England in my opinion, he has got so much to offer and is still young enough so I would totally back Gareth and Glenn.”


Shearer on England chances

Shearer admitted he had spoken to the FA several years ago about getting involved in the national set-up and would be keen for further talks this time around, though does not fancy his chances.

He added: “Let’s be honest I haven’t got a cat in hell’s chance of getting it because I don’t fit the FA’s remit, I haven’t got the experience, which I don’t believe is right, I haven’t got the coaching badges, which I don’t believe is right and that is my honest opinion.

“I spoke to the FA a few years ago and got my answer but if they want to speak to me then of course I would.”

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