Glenn Hoddle Wants To Return To Football As England Coach For Euro 2012

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Hoddle celebrates England qualifying for France 98 with Paul Gascoigne, after a 0-0 draw with Italy | PA

Glenn Hoddle has hinted he would be interested in taking the England coach's role for the European Championship.

He has not been in management since a two-year stint at Wolves ended in 2006, but appears eager to return to the national fold.

"If I were to die tomorrow, my life would be incomplete," he told The Independent, referring to his previous stint in charge.

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"Would I get that opportunity (to manage England again)? Probably not. But I don't dwell on the past and, if we fast-forward to the present, I think we have a batch of players capable of going to the Euros and doing well. I find it a very interesting moment.

"I find it a very interesting moment. Because Stuart Pearce, Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson, myself – anyone – who went to the tournament with the status of a caretaker would have the pressure off him and the players would be liberated too."

Hoddle was England coach between 1996 and 1999, having succeeded Terry Venables after Euro 96.

Overseeing the emergence of David Beckham and Michael Owen, he guided England to World Cup qualification for France 98, after the country had failed to qualify for the USA finals in 1994.

After winning two from the three group games in France, England were eliminated via a penalty shootout against Argentina, after a thrilling match in St Etienne ended in a 2-2 draw.

Capped 53 times by his country as a player, Hoddle introduced an innovative 3-5-2 system which saw England play some of their finest football in the post-Alf Ramsey era.

Hoddle however was sacked by the FA after he made remarks about the disabled being punished for sins in a previous life. His comments prompted much opprobrium from within the UK, with even Richard and Judy asking Prime Minister Tony Blair for his views.

But disabled-rights campaigner Lord Ashley labelled the reaction to Hoddle's comments a "witch-hunt" which culminated in a "sad day for British tolerance and freedom of speech".

The 54-year-old now runs the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain, which aims to help professional footballers released by clubs to earn contracts elsewhere.

Reaction to Hoddle's quotes have not been particularly positive:

Tom Adams
Isn't Glenn Hoddle excluded from contention for England due to sins committed in a previous job?

Jeff Powell
Glenn Hoddle just might be a more mature England manager now. Worth considering

Jim White
Sure sign spring's here: papers filled with cuckoo ideas like glenn hoddle not such a bad idea for england manager

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