Harry Redknapp says Gareth Southgate's England squad is too easy to get into

Harry Redknapp

England fans were very pleasantly surprised after Gareth Southgate announced his latest squad.

The Three Lions boss stuck to his tried and tested players for the World Cup and picked a similar squad for the September international break.

However, Southgate opted for some much-needed youth this time around.

Jadon Sancho, Ross Barkley, James Maddison, Mason Mount and Nathaniel Chalobah were all given the nod.

It's refreshing to see, with Manchester City's Phil Foden sure to get a call-up this season as well.

Barkley actually started in the 0-0 draw against Croatia, while Sancho was given a 15-minute cameo.

However, one man who is not best pleased with Southgate's decisions is Harry Redknapp.

The former Tottenham manager had a bit of a rant on talkSPORT about how he feels the squad is 'too easy to get into'.

Redknapp said: “It’s good to stick the kids in, but they’ve got to be up to it, they’ve got to be playing regularly for their club.

“Years ago, you had to be a top, top player every week for your club to get in the England team.

“But now, you don’t even have to be in your club team on a regular basis to play for your country. It’s quite bizarre really how it’s changed.

“I think that’s a little bit of how it’s gone – we keep getting players in the side who can’t get in their club teams.

Southgate on the touchline vs Croatia

“These kids obviously have great futures but they’ve got to earn it, they’ve got to work their way up.”

It's a controversial take from Redknapp and it's caused a bit of a stir.

Fans were quick to reply to talkSPORT's tweet and here's a selection of the best replies. Be warned, they're divisive.


A touchy subject, one with no real definitive answer.

Is it the fault of Premier League clubs for not utilising the players, or has the English standard declined that much?

Or is Southgate picking the wrong players and neglecting the likes of Troy Deeney, Jonjo Shelvey and Callum Wilson? It's very hard to say.

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