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Lampard in Redknapp admission

Frank Lampard admits it would have become tough to play for England had Harry Redknapp been appointed boss.

Last Updated: 27/10/13 at 20:54 Post Comment

Frank Lampard: Redknapp admission

Frank Lampard: Redknapp admission

Frank Lampard has admitted it would have become difficult for him to play for England had his uncle Harry Redknapp been appointed manager.

The Chelsea midfielder began his career under the guidance of Redknapp at West Ham, but their close family ties caused problems then that Lampard feared could resurface with England.

Roy Hodgson beat long-time favourite Redknapp to the job before Euro 2012, and that meant the accusations of Lampard benefiting from nepotism that he had to suffer over a decade previously would not be repeated in the international game.

Lampard has previously admitted he was hurt by the suggestion he was only selected for West Ham because of his family ties.

"I worked under Harry coming through at West Ham," Lampard said on Thursday. "It was good, he was great for me but difficult for different reasons...the minute you didn't play very well, it's because it's his uncle."

Redknapp getting the England job may have caused the same slurs to be flung Lampard's way from a minority, despite his many years in the England team.

"However much I wanted Harry to get it for him, at the same time we were both aware that it would have brought up issues," Lampard told ITV's Loose Women programme.

Lampard also suggested during his appearance on the chat show that female footballers could play in mixed teams in years to come.

He admitted men in the game were once "dinosaurs" with their attitudes towards women players.

Football Association rules currently allow girls to play alongside boys up to the under-15 age group.

However Lampard can imagine the day will come when men and women compete together, having seen a recent surge of interest and an increase in standards in the women's game.

Asked about the possibility, Lampard told ITV's Loose Women programme: "I'm not sure but I see no reason why not. How the game has developed in women's football over the last five, 10 years has been amazing, not just the quality of the play but the interest in people around it."

He added: "We were dinosaurs in football, in the men's dressing rooms, it was all our game and women's football was there, now we all appreciate there's a lot of skill."


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