Harry Redknapp has claimed he, Glenn Hoddle and Stuart Pearce would have been a managerial dream team for England.
Redknapp believes the trio would have been the ideal coaching set-up for the Three Lions, who play their first match on Wednesday since Gareth Southgate was appointed their new boss.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager, who lost out to Roy Hodgson for the job back in 2012, revealed he had once read an article touting him, and one-time England managers Hoddle and Pearce.
“I thought, ‘That sounds a good team, I could work with that one’,” Redknapp said. “Who’d be in charge? Oh, I’m in charge!
“But, yeah, I think we would’ve done all right if we’d have had the chance.”
Speaking in his capacity as a pundit for BT Sport, Redknapp added: “I love Glenn. Glenn’s fantastic. If Glenn had kept the job when he had it at that time, I think we’d have gone on and done good things.
“Because he had a way of playing. You would’ve have had a style.”
The 70-year-old revealed England would also play three at the back if he was in charge.
“I’ve played three at the back at West Ham when we finished fifth a long, long time ago. I went to Portsmouth and in my first year when we won the Championship, we played three at the back all season. I think it is a great way to play.
“Glenn would have played that way, I would play that way, I love the system. Now, every week, there are more teams playing three at the back. Go through the teams that have changed this year.
“But why does it take [Chelsea manager Antonio] Conte to play three at the back for everybody to say, ‘That’s a good idea! We’ll all follow’.”
And Redknapp suggested his England team would feature both Dele Alli and Ross Barkley and no holding midfielder.
He said: “Too often, we’re too [wedded to the idea that] we’ve got to have a holding midfielder, we’ve got to have a defensive midfielder.
“Okay, I know Chelsea have got the boy who sits in. But why can’t Barkley play? Barkley’s six-foot tall, incredible build; Dele Alli’s six foot, one inch, whatever. We’re not talking about tiny little kids who can’t defend or can’t tackle or no strength. They’re good players.
“Play your good players. Find a way of playing them. Why can’t they play together? The pair of them can run all day, can tackle, they head it; they’ve got everything.”