Harry Redknapp suggests Jamaican Wes Morgan should be in England squad

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Harry Redknapp has had a strange few months.

The 69-year-old was appointed as manager of Jordan’s national side for just two matches in the hope that he could help them qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

But a heavy 5-1 defeat to Australia ended his short spell in disappointment.


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Previously, he was offered a director of football role at Derby - a role which he has heavily criticised in the past.

“It totally undermines your role as manager if you’re not picking the players. It’s a joke really that you are expected to work with someone else’s players,” he previously said in an interview with Standard Sport.

Despite saying that, Redknapp accepted a ‘football advisor’ role at Derby last month.

Once upon a time, it seemed certain that the former Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth, Southampton, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers manager would be named as England boss.

Redknapp's mistake

However, he was pipped to the job by Roy Hodgson back in 2012. But judging by Redknapp’s comments in today’s Telegraph column, it’s just as well he wasn’t offered the England job.

Redknapp made the bizarre suggestion that England should call up Wes Morgan for this summer’s European Championship in France.

“If Kane is important for Tottenham then Wes Morgan is doubly so for Leicester,” he wrote.

“He was immense, as he has been all season, and I think he is very unlucky not to have got an England cap by now.”

‘What’s the problem?’ Some of you may be thinking. He’s had a brilliant season for Leicester.

Well, he’s been capped 25 times for his native Jamaica - that’s the problem.

Ridiculed on Twitter

Let’s hope he doesn’t log on to Twitter today because it’s full of people trolling him for his embarrassing mistake. Here are some of the best tweets:

But Redknapp’s point about Morgan being immense stands. He scored the only goal in Leicester’s vital win over Southampton to leave them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with just six matches remaining.

He has a point

He, along with centre-back partner Robert Huth, has been vital to the Foxes’ incredible campaign as they close in on the 5000/1 shot of being crowned Premier League champions.

And you can’t argue that Morgan, if he was English, has earned a place in Hodgson’s squad. The centre-back position is arguably the problem area ahead of this summer with Chris Smalling the only defender to have played consistently well this season.

Gary Cahill found himself behind John Terry and Kurt Zouma for some of Chelsea’s disappointing campaign while John Stones is struggling to play regular first-team football at Everton.

Deschamps' similar mistake

But Redknapp isn’t the first manager to make a howler like this.

In an interview on a French TV programme Canal Football Club, France boss Didier Deschamps said he was monitoring Kaliadou Koulibaly for his squad before he was informed that the defender has already represented Senegal.

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