Ex-FA chairman David Bernstein hits back at Harry Redknapp's blast

Former FA chairman David Bernstein defends the decision to appoint Roy Hodgson as England manager following criticism from Harry Redknapp.

Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein has insisted that Roy Hodgson was the "right choice" as England manager following Harry Redknapp's criticism of the governing body.

The Queens Park Rangers boss, who was tipped to replace Fabio Capello, has written in his new autobiography that he would not trust the FA to pick the best England manager.

Despite Redknapp being the overwhelming favourite to become the new Three Lions leader, Bernstein and his colleagues opted for Hodgson.

"I don't want to say too much but I will talk about the process," Bernstein told BBC Radio Five Live. "Four people made this decision. Myself, Sir Trevor Brooking, Adrian Bevington and Alex Hornby.

"We consulted extensively up to 20 people within the game, other managers, players, all sorts of people with a great knowledge and I believe we did a thorough job. We ended up with the right choice, I believe."

Meanwhile, Hodgson is preparing his team to face Montenegro and Poland in their final World Cup qualifiers.

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp in the dugout during the match against Arsenal on May 4, 2013
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