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Harry Redknapp: England can't play football

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Redknapp says English football must change (©GettyImages)
Redknapp says English football must change (©GettyImages).

Harry Redknapp has slammed England, claiming: "do not know how to play football".

The QPR manager has called for an overhaul of England at all levels after the U21s lost all three of their European U21 Championship group matches including a surprise defeat to tournament hosts Israel.

Redknapp, who was favourite to succeed Fabio Capello when the Italian resigned last year, wrote in The Sun: "I am passionate about the England team at all levels and get terribly disappointed when I see us perform so abjectly against other countries when we have such great individuals.

"But the overriding problem we all face is that English football must change. And it has to come from the very top of the game. That means manager Roy Hodgson getting involved with coaches at every level working in the same direction.

"We do not know how to play football. We just boot the ball up the pitch and it gets us nowhere.

"We don't have the kids coached the same way - the right way - from a young age. As a result we have a senior team that is greatly underachieving.

"Look at the so-called 'Golden Generation' of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, John Terry, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole etc.

"Man for man there wasn't a country on Earth that could match that on paper. But together they never produced because we just hoofed the ball forwards into channels and hoped for the best.

"In international football you cannot just hit and hope because you give the ball away. It's all about possession, retaining the ball, controlling the game. We need coaches who believe in that ideal." 

 

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