Redknapp reveals England management dream team

Date published: Tuesday 21st March 2017 12:40

Harry Redknapp believes a managerial team of himself, Glenn Hoddle and Stuart Pearce would have brought success to England.

The former Tottenham, Portsmouth, West Ham and QPR boss was overlooked for the national team job in 2012 when Roy Hodgson was appointed to replace Fabio Capello.

But Redknapp still believes he would have been successful in the role, especially if he had Hoddle and Pearce on the bench alongside him.

Having read an article touting the trio for the positions, BT Sport pundit Redknapp said: “I thought, ‘That sounds a good team, I could work with that one’,” Redknapp said. “Who’d be in charge? Oh, I’m in charge!

“But, yeah, I think we would’ve done all right if we’d have had the chance.”

On Hoddle, Redknapp added: “I love Glenn. Glenn’s fantastic. If Glenn had kept the job when he had it at that time, I think we’d have gone on and done good things.

“Because he had a way of playing. You would’ve have had a style.”

Hoddle often employed a three-man defence with the Three Lions and Redknapp says he would have followed the former midfielder’s lead.

“I’ve played three at the back at West Ham when we finished fifth a long, long time ago. I went to Portsmouth and in my first year when we won the Championship, we played three at the back all season. I think it is a great way to play.

“Glenn would have played that way, I would play that way, I love the system. Now, every week, there are more teams playing three at the back. Go through the teams that have changed this year.

“But why does it take Antonio Conte to play three at the back for everybody to say, ‘That’s a good idea! We’ll all follow’?”

Whereas Chelsea boss Conte often plays with both N’golo Kante and Nemanja Matic, Redknapp has suggested his ideal England team would not feature a defensive midfielder.

He said: “Too often, we’re too [set on the idea that] we’ve got to have a holding midfielder, we’ve got to have a defensive midfielder.

“Ok, I know Chelsea have got the boy who sits in. But why can’t Barkley play? Barkley’s six-foot tall, incredible build; Dele Alli’s six foot, one inch, whatever. We’re not talking about tiny little kids who can’t defend or can’t tackle or no strength. They’re good players.

“Play your good players. Find a way of playing them. Why can’t they play together? The pair of them can run all day, can tackle, they head it; they’ve got everything.”

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