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Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney weigh into debate over next England manager and back Redknapp

By Jim Coldwell

United stars Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney have given their backing to Harry Redknapp to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager.

Manchester United and England defender Ferdinand used social networking site Twitter to voice his support for Redknapp.

“Harry Redknapp would be my choice by a distance,” he tweeted.

Ferdinand, who played under Redknapp at West Ham, also said on Twitter: “I think we need an English manager now, we don’t need anything else lost in translation.”

England and United team-mate, Rooney, used the same platform to have his say on the matter.

“Gutted Capello has quite. Good guy and top coach. Got to be English to replace him. Harry Redknapp for me,” he said.

Former England striker Michael Owen and current United player expressed his views by tweeting: “Don’t know if was just me but it never felt right in the first place knowing the England manager was heading off after the Euros regardless.”

Match of The Day presenter, Gary Lineker, backed the United stars’ calls for an Englishman to take charge of the national side.

“I think Harry Redknapp is the obvious choice. He has done a brilliant job at Tottenham as well as terrific jobs elsewhere,” he said.

Capello resigned on Wednesday night shortly after Totthenham boss Redknapp was cleared of tax evasion charges.

The Italian’s resignation came after his comments regarding the FA’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.

Prime Minister David Cameron also contributed to the debate.

“I am sorry to see Fabio go. I think he was a good coach and a good man. I don’t think he was right about the John Terry issue. You can’t be captain with that question mark that needs to be answered,” he said.

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