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The 64-year-old is red hot favourite to take over as Three Lions manager but will return from a break in Dubai on Thursday genuinely torn over his future

By Greg Stobart

Harry Redknapp will today return from a break in Dubai with Tottenham growingly optimistic that he could reject the chance to become England manager and stay at White Hart Lane.

The Spurs boss is hot favourite to take over England following the resignation of Fabio Capello last week having previously spoken of his ‘dream’ of leading the Three Lions.

But friends of Redknapp have told that the 64-year-old is genuinely torn as to whether he would want to leave Spurs, who currently sit third in the Premier League and could yet mount a title challenge.

“Harry isn’t playing some sort of game, he is completely torn about what he wants to do,” a source told “He considers managing England as the ultimate honour but he really thinks he’s on the verge of something very special with Tottenham.”

Redknapp is also grateful to Tottenham for their support during his tax evasion trial, which ended last Wednesday with the former Portsmouth manager being cleared of all charges after what he described as a five-year long ‘nightmare’.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy encouraged Redknapp to take a trip to Dubai this week with his wife, Sandra, to relax and think about his future. He will return on Thursday to prepare the Spurs team for their FA Cup fifth round clash against Stevenage on Sunday.

Redknapp is believed to be adamant that he will stay at Spurs until at least the end of the season, with the White Hart Lane outfit on course for Champions League qualification for the second time in three years.

“He knows he can’t let public opinion and the media make his mind up for him,” the source added.

As revealed on Tuesday, Spurs are hopeful that they can persuade Redknapp to stay in north London but are making contingency plans should he leave, with Jose Mourinho top of the club’s shortlist.

Spurs are braced for an official approach from the FA and are preparing a counter-offer to keep Redknapp, whose contract expires in the summer of 2013.

Redknapp took over from Juande Ramos in October 2008 with Spurs bottom of the league and has initiated a stunning turnaround at White Hart Lane. He was left in no doubt that the Tottenham fans are desperate for him to stay after they sung his name throughout the 5-0 mauling of Newcastle on Saturday evening.

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