Peter Crouch believes Harry Redknapp would be a success as England manager - and should be given the job.
The Tottenham boss remains favourite to take over, after
Fabio Capello left his position in February
Redknapp has bought and sold Crouch three times in his career, and the Stoke striker says his former boss is the right man to take charge.
Crouch, who has scored 22 England goals, told Football Focus: "He's given me a tremendous amount of confidence."
The Football Association is currently mulling over potential candidates to take England to the 2012 European Championship this summer - and it is likely an approach will be made to one or more of them by the end of April.
The 31-year-old is hoping to add to his 42 England caps in the future, admitting Fabio Capello did not fancy him.
Crouch under Redknapp
- July 2001:
Bought by Portsmouth from QPR £1.5m
- March 2002:
Sold by Portsmouth to Aston Villa £5m
- July 2005:
Sold by Southampton to Liverpool £7m
- July 2008:
Bought by Portsmouth from Liverpool £11m
- July 2009:
Bought by Tottenham from Portsmouth Undisclosed fee
- August 2011:
Sold by Tottenham to Stoke £12m
"I was never really in his plans. I wasn't his cup of tea but I don't bear any grudges," said Crouch.
Despite being sold three times by Redknapp, he is certainly not worried that if the Spurs boss gets the job it could negatively affect his chances of further international honours.
"When he sold me in the past it wasn't because he wanted to get me out," said Crouch. "It was because he got great offers for me."
Crouch is hoping
his Premier League goal for Stoke against Manchester City
will keep him firmly in the mind of whoever the new man is this summer when England go to Poland and Ukraine.
"I've played in two World Cups and it's the best feeling running out for your country in a major tournament. I'd love to do that again and in my opinion my best years lie ahead. I genuinely believe that," he said.
The 6ft 7in forward says the long-range volley is the best goal he has scored, eclipsing overhead efforts for Liverpool against Bolton and Galatasaray.
"The reason I preferred that one is probably because of the all-round technique and because it was against someone of the calibre of Joe Hart," he said.
The strike was so good it even had his dad doing the
Poznan celebratory dance
in an executive box at the Britannia Stadium.
Crouch said: "My mum's side of the family are all Manchester City fans, so he was there with all the City boys.
"I wanted to start doing the dance with them. That's why you play football for those kind of moments."