Why David Moyes should be a candidate for the next England boss

I appeared on a TV show last week in which one debate was who the FA would turn to should Harry Redknapp — for one reason or another — not be installed as the next England manager.

English candidates were thin on the ground. Alan Pardew got a left-field shout, Roy Hodgson an honourable mention.

In betting lists, Jose Mourinho, who was close to accepting it last time, is still ­quietly fancied while Martin O’Neill has increasing support.

But for some reason, the nation which produces a glut of ­Premier League managers — seven at the last count — was not in the ­discussion.

Scotland.

It has ­become clear — whether we like it or not — that if a suitable ­Englishman is not ­available, the FA will again countenance a ­foreign manager.

But not a Scot, I’m ­guessing. Why not?

Surely, the rivalry and enmity has now been diluted to such an extent that it would hardly ­offend any reasonable Englishman?

Watching the progress of Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Jack ­Rodwell under David Moyes — Everton’s boss can claim some credit for Joleon Lescott’s ­international improvement too — it struck me that his ­absence from a shortlist would be ­negligent.

And based solely on an ­outdated, ­casually xenophobic ­mindset.

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