Redknapp raises Under-21s concerns

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Harry Redknapp does not believe England Under-21s are up to standard - despite their 27-match unbeaten run.

Stuart Pearce's youngsters booked their place in next summer's European Championships finals by securing a nervy 5-4 aggregate victory over Wales on Tuesday - but Portsmouth boss Redknapp does not believe the current crop have the quality to to become full international stars.

Following last night's 3-1 victory for the senior team in Belarus, which gave them a perfect record after four World Cup qualifying games, Redknapp wrote in The Sun: "While we roar on to the 2010 finals in South Africa, there is a more worrying situation happening immediately beneath the top level."

He added: "England's Under-21 team are not producing what they should -- despite qualifying for their Euro 2009 finals.

"On paper, everyone is celebrating the 5-4 aggregate win over Wales, secured at Villa Park on Tuesday. But I look through that young Lions team and I see good players, but no-one outstanding.

"I don't see our next David Beckham or (Wayne) Rooney. No-one dazzles."

Of Tuesday's 2-2 draw with a Welsh team plucked mainly from the lower leagues, Redknapp added: "Yes, they are through to the finals next summer. But the under-21s is all about fine-tuning players for the national team.

"In the end, England got through courtesy of an own goal after Wales absolutely battered them."

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