Beckenbauer backs Klinsmann for England

Germany's double FIFA World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer has urged the Football Association to recruit Jurgen Klinsmann to replace sacked England boss Steve McClaren.

The English FA fired McClaren on Thursday, a day after England failed to qualify for the UEFA EURO 2008 finals following a 3-2 defeat by Croatia at Wembley.

The FA is now searching hard for McClaren's replacement and Beckenbauer says Klinsmann, who made an impression as a player at Tottenham and led Germany to the FIFA World Cup semi-finals last year, would be the ideal replacement.

"The position of England coach is ideal for Jurgen and he would be perfect for England," Beckenbauer, who both captained and coached Germany to world titles, said in his weekly column in German tabloid Bild.

"Jurgen is somebody with very clear ideas who can enforce them, even when they are opposed," he added. "He knows what he wants and I think he would revel in the England job. He speaks very good English and is respected in England since he played for Tottenham."

Klinsmann was named Germany's coach in 2004 after the side were knocked out of the European Championship and led them to third place in last year's world finals, before resigning to spend more time with his family.

The former VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan and Monaco striker has also been approached to coach the United States national side.