Harry Redknapp has hit back at criticism of Roy Hodgson's England for their efforts at Euro 2012, but accepts the national team must raise their game if they are to make progress.

The Three Lions were eliminated at the quarter-final stage once again when they lost on penalties to Italy on Sunday night. However, just to have made the latter stages of the competition was an achievement in itself, with Hodgson having only recently taken on the job following Fabio Capello's resignation.

Former Tottenham manager Redknapp, who at one stage had looked set for the England job, told Absolute Radio: "It is unbelievable. We keep underestimating our players. I don't care what anybody says, we have got good players."

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