Mark Lawrenson believes that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would have been approached at some point for the England job, with the former Liverpool star claiming he may have decided that the timing was wrong to take on the role.

Theories and speculation have gone into overdrive as Roy Hodgson was officially approached by the FA for the England job over the weekend, with Redknapp seen to be the overwhelming favourite to be offered the position first.

While some have said that his compensation to leave Tottenham was too high, others have considered that Hodgson's international experience, with the West Brom man coaching Switzerland, Finland and the UAE, might have pushed him past his counterpart for the position.

But Lawrenson, who made close to 250 appearances for Liverpool in the 1980s, and now works as a Match of the Day pundit, said that he believes the situation Tottenham have found themselves in could mean Redknapp said no to the FA.

Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson has been officially approached for the England role, despite Harry Redknapp being the overwhelming favourite.

"I think Harry would have been approached and spoken to at some stage," he said, according to The Sun.

"I think Harry has actually said, 'You know what, I've had a long hard season, I don't really want to manage England at this time'."

Tottenham are currently fourth in the Premier League table, but the side are equal on points with fifth-placed Newcastle. Should they win their final three fixtures, the club still won't be guaranteed Champions League qualification, with Chelsea still in with a chance if they win the final against Bayern Munich on May 19.

For that reason, Tottenham are under even more pressure, and will be aiming to topple Arsenal who are currently in third place with a four point lead over their cross town rivals.

Some have blamed Spurs' recent slump in form - the side have won just twice in their last 10 matches - on the speculation surrounding Harry Redknapp's future.

But now his future looks to be with Tottenham, with the Englishman commenting on Hodgson: "Good luck to Roy.

"I can see my future at Tottenham and I would like to stay, but that is down to the chairman."