Should England consider looking overseas for next manager?

England will start the search for a replacement for Roy Hodgson following the shock Euro 2016 exit to Iceland and the prospect of looking abroad for a new manager is set to be a central part of the debate.

Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate is the bookmakers' favourite at the moment, but the FA chief executive Martin Glenn has said the three-man team tasked with finding Hodgson's replacement will go for "the best person, not necessarily the best Englishman". Here we look at whether a return to a foreign manager is England's best option.

Do a lack of home-grown options open the door to a foreign coach?

Glenn Hoddle
Glenn Hoddle (Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

After Southgate the leading names include Harry Redknapp, Glenn Hoddle, Alan Shearer and Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.

Hoddle has already done the job once and has been out of front-line coaching for a decade. Redknapp is a year older than Hodgson, and his time appears to have passed as he was overlooked for the job in the Football Association's last recruitment process. Shearer's managerial experience extends to eight matches in caretaker charge of Newcastle when they got relegated in 2009.

Bournemouth boss Howe, at 38, is at the opposite end of the scale and unlikely to be interested in international management just yet. Of the foreign names being touted all have vast experience at either club or international level, or in some cases both.

Guus Hiddink
Guus Hiddink (Nick Potts/PA)

Foreign managers Laurent Blanc, Guus Hiddink and Manuel Pellegrini are all out of work and the former two would certainly offer a degree of kudos.

But Hiddink will be 70 in November and appears to be looking at a life away from football. Blanc, at 50, is an ideal age and has international experience with France as well as showing he can handle a big-name dressing room at Paris St Germain.

Pellegrini would be less inspiring, but the ideal foreign candidate would seem to be Arsene Wenger, who has 20 years' experience of English football and has just one year left on his contract at Arsenal, and could therefore be ready for a new challenge.

How successful have previous foreign appointments been?

Fabio Capello
Fabio Capello (Ivan Sekretarev/AP/PA)

The first, Sven-Goran Eriksson, was loved by his players for the relaxed atmosphere he created and the responsibility he gave them. The Swede guided England to three successive quarter-finals at two World Cups and a European Championship - a feat not matched by any of his successors, foreign or otherwise.

Eriksson left after five years with a win percentage of 72, second only to World Cup-winning coach Sir Alf Ramsey at that stage.

After Steve McClaren's failed Euro 2008 qualifying campaign England appointed Italian Fabio Capello, who guided the team to the 2010 World Cup. His dictatorial approach was not appreciated by the players and a second-round exit in South Africa followed after they just scraped through the group stage.

Two years later he quit four months before Euro 2012 after a disagreement with the FA over John Terry's removal as captain. Capello's win rate was 76.2, statistically the best of any England boss, but his football was uninspiring, rigid and not popular with the players.

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