By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger still thinks the next England manager should be English.
Fabio Capello is due to step down after Euro 2012 and the identity of his successor is a hot topic with Wenger reportedly in the frame.
But the Arsenal boss has ruled himself out of the running and expects one of his Premier League rivals to be appointed.
"Harry Redknapp is a candidate, he is English, he is ready, he is happy to do it and you [the media] have already chosen him, so don’t doubt it too much!" he joked at his pre-match press conference.
“I always told you that for me the national team needs an English manager and I will never change that view for one minute.
“I will keep my exact principle and I think it is important for you [English people] as well because if a foreign manager wins a European Championship you will say somewhere that it is not completely an English triumph."
Capello is the second foreign appointment to the England manager's job after Sven Goran Eriksson but one school of thought suggests that an English boss can get more out of his compatriots. Does Wenger agree?
“I don’t know, it is very difficult to predict," he replied.
"For me England are outsiders [for Euro 2012]. They can maybe win it if they click just right at the time of the competition and their main players – Gerrard, Rooney – are in fantastic form.
"For example Steven Gerrard has not played for a long time now but if he comes back after a good rest in top form, then why not? And Capello has the quality too get the best out of the team, you cannot deny that.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 14 Oct 2011