Glenn Hoddle has indicated that he would be interested in taking over from Stuart Pearce as manager of the England Under-21 team if the rules on selection were to be changed. Following the unimpressive performances of the England Under-21 team at the European Championships in Israel, a decision has to be made on who will take on the role of coach with the present manager’s contract due to expire. Pearce has indicated that he would like to carry on but after two successive U-21 tournaments where the England Under-21 team have failed to progress from their group, now may be the time for a change. Hoddle who has managed at club and international level, taking England to the 1998 World Cup Finals in France, would be an ideal candidate with his ability as a coach to pass on his knowledge and experience to the Under-21 players.
Last week HotspurHQ suggested that the former Tottenham star and manager, Glenn Hoddle, would be a suitable appointment to manage the England Under-21 team. Now, Hoddle has said in an interview with TalkSport that he would be interested in coaching the young England players if the FA change the rules.
If Hoddle were to be accept the position, he would want to see changes at the Football Association with all eligible Under-21 players to be made available for selection for the team at the European Under-21 championships. Pearce was restricted in his selection with so many of his best young players unavailable, some through injury while others travelled to Brazil with England for a friendly international.
In the interview with Talksport, Hoddle said,
“It wouldn’t [interest me] unless they changed the rules. Why would anyone be interested in it when the your better players are not going to be there with you?”
If England followed the same policy as other countries like Spain and Norway, they would send their best Under-21 players even if they have already become full internationals. England omit players from the Under-21 team once they have progressed to the full international team. If the policy was changed, Kyle Walker, if fit, and many other players would have been taking part in the European Championships in Israel. This has been a problem for Pearce who has been exasperated by this policy, calling for the young players to be made available in order to gain experience in tournament football to prepare them for when they represent England at the World Cup and European Finals.
For the usually conservative Football association, the appointment of Hoddle may be too radical – a step too far, preferring a coach who will accept the role without placing demands and expecting change, something the FA is usually slow to accept.