Redknapp lauds Englishmen
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has backed the side's English contingency to reclaim their place in Fabio Capello's squad.
By Will Wood
Last Updated: 08/11/08 2:20pm
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes the improved performances from the English contingency within his squad could see them force their way into Fabio Capello's Three Lions plans.
Since his arrival from Portsmouth little under two weeks ago, Redknapp has guided Spurs to three wins and a draw, with the likes of Darren Bent, Jonathan Woodgate and David Bentley proving instrumental in the upturn in fortune.
No Spurs player featured in the Three Lions' recent wins over Kazakhstan and Belarus, but with England set to face Germany in a friendly clash on 19th November, Redknapp believes several members of the Spurs squad could be called upon given their improved form.
"I wouldn't want to criticise Fabio Capello's team because he's done so well but hopefully they can push themselves and get themselves with a chance of playing," Redknapp said.
Another to impress is Tom Huddlestone, who scored a sensational volley in the side's 4-0 midweek Uefa Cup victory over Dinamo Zagreb and also had a hand in all three of Bent's goals, and the 61-year old feels their inclusion would benefit their domestic game too.
"If we can get a couple in there it would be great," he continued.
"Bentley's playing well, there's Huddlestone, Woodgate's back in good form and is fit and looking like the defender we know he is."
Spurs have oozed confidence since the managerial change, and midweek hat-trick hero Bent - whose nine goals in all competitions is the highest tally from an Englishman this season - believes the side are capable of matching anybody on their day as they seek to move off the bottom of the Premier League table.
"If we get it together then we can do what we did against Dinamo to anyone," Bent said.
Such was Spurs' dominance against Dinamo on Thursday night that Redknapp was able to introduce highly-rated 16-year old John Bostock, and the youngster has set his sights on establishing himself in the senior squad.
"I'm sure if I do well more games will come," the midfielder said. "I've been playing in a couple of friendly reserve matches and scoring a few from midfield.
"I want to stay in and around the squad and show the manager I'm pushing to be in the squad."
With Redknapp keen to continue with Luka Modric in the supporting-striker role, he must choose between in-form Bent or Roman Pavlyuchenko up front for the clash with Manchester City, with the latter returning to the squad having been cup-tied for the European encounter.
"I will look at the performance against Dinamo and the opposition and think about who can cope best with what they can offer and where we can cause them problems," Redknapp added.
Another to return having been excluded from the midweek win is Vedran Corluka, who comes face-to-face with his former employers, and the Croatia international admits he has no regrets following his move away from the City of Manchester stadium.
"I wish City all the best, they are a great club, but what happened would not have made any difference," Corluka said. "I wanted to come to Spurs. I feel much better here. In Manchester, the rain is still falling."