Redknapp revels in Kranjcar performance

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Niko Kranjcar is not giving any thought to leaving Tottenham in the January transfer window, a claim proved by his impressive performance in last night's 4-0 Europa League victory over Shamrock Rovers.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp described the Croatian midfielder's return to action as 'fantastic', praising his contribution at the Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night.

"Niko Kranjcar was fantastic," he reflected. "That was his first game for a couple of months and he only had two days' training but played the full 90 minutes.

"He's a great footballer and he will play in the Croatian team that faces the Irish in the Euro finals."

A thigh problem has restricted the 27-year-old to just three Barclays Premier League appearances this season, and Kranjcar recently expressed his disappointment at not being part of the recent 11-match unbeaten run that has catapulted Tottenham to fourth in the table.

Despite playing a starring role last night, the win wasn't enough to see Kranjcar and Spurs progress to the knockout stages of the competition as PAOK and Rubin Kazan drew in Greece, ruling out any chance of qualification.

"There were some positives and I was really pleased with a couple of the young lads," added Redknapp. "I thought Andros Townsend did ever so well, young Harry Kane came on and Yago Falque got some experience.

"Tom Carroll didn't get on but he has had a great campaign in this tournament, so it's been good for him. Jake Livermore also did well at centre-half despite being a midfielder, he did a good job."

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