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Jamie Holland

Published 18/02/2012 | 05:00

TOTTENHAM boss Harry Redknapp has asked England's FA to refrain from approaching him about the manager's job until the end of the season.

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Redknapp claims he is yet to hear from the English game's governing body about the job made available by Fabio Capello's resignation last week -- and he would prefer it to stay that way until the end of the season.

Redknapp, who has led Spurs to within seven points of the Premier League leaders and 10 points clear of fourth-placed Arsenal, wants to complete the task of leading the side back into the Champions League.

"I can only concentrate on Tottenham," said Redknapp. "I haven't spoken to anybody about the England job, apart from people from newspapers. I just want to concentrate on the job here.

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"I wouldn't want the players to start thinking 'what is he doing? Is he going? Is he staying?' I am here and I have got to be here until the end of the season whatever happens."

Redknapp is adamant the FA should delay an appointment until after the season is over. "Whoever they go for, the chances are that they are going to be in a job," he added.

Spurs go to Stevenage tomorrow for an FA Cup fifth-round tie and it is this match and the north London derby that follows, rather than the England job, which Redknapp claims have been on his mind during his four-day break in Dubai this week.

"Sunday is a big game," he said. "Then we have Arsenal after that and United -- we have some fantastic games coming up. I have to focus on that at the moment."

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