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The Manchester United defender has lent his backing to the Tottenham boss over the national team job and has hailed the progression younger players have made under him

Rio Ferdinand has lent his support for Harry Redknapp to be the next England manager.

The Manchester United centre-back has praised the 65-year-old's man-management skills and has urged the FA to appoint the Tottenham boss as Fabio Capello's successor.

The FA has confirmed that a shortlist of managers has been drawn up but they will delay naming a new boss until towards the end of the season, with potential candidates currently in roles for the remainder of the campaign.

When asked if England had a realistic chance of winning Euro 2012, Ferdinand told The Mirror: “It depends who the manager is and who he takes. If we get Harry, we’ll have a good shot at it.

“Of the potential England managers out there, I don’t see anyone beating the door down as hard as him. If I was the geezer in the suit upstairs making the decision, I would go and get him.

“It’s down to Spurs though. They’re going to be the ones who say yes or no.”

The former Three Lions captain made his debut for the national team aged just 19 while under Redknapp at West Ham, and he thanked the manager for the role he played in his development.

“Harry loves seeing a good young player,” he continued.

“He made you feel a million dollars as a kid. You didn’t go into the first-team thinking the pressure on your shoulders was crazy and you were scared to make a mistake.

“One of the best things about him was he always said to me making a mistake wasn’t a problem, he didn’t mind, but if you continued to make the same mistake then it was a problem.

“That’s how he separated the good kids from the bad. If a player was making the same mistake at 22 that he did at 18 then he’s not learning.

“Harry made me feel at ease when I played football and I think that’s the best way to be.

“I played at West Ham like I was playing with my mates in the playground or on my estate. I was free to go and do things and try things on the pitch.

“Other players or your mates would be talking about the ­pressure and asking how I didn’t feel under pressure or get nervous, but that’s the atmosphere Harry Redknapp created.

“As a man-manager he’s brilliant. He was brilliant for me, I couldn’t fault him. Him and my gaffer now are the best two I’ve had.

“Harry is more a cajoler of players to get stuff out of them. He puts an arm round your shoulder and tells you you’re brilliant. He works out what makes you tick.”