Steven Gerrard calls on former Saints boss Harry Redknapp to name and shame Tottenham players who "did not want to play for England"

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Steven Gerrard has called on Harry Redknapp to name and shame the ex-Tottenham stars who he claims skipped England duty.

Redknapp stunned members of the England camp in Brazil on Sunday when he claimed some English players asked him to pull them out of national games when he was in charge at White Hart Lane.

''When I was at Tottenham, when full internationals came around, there were two or three players who did not want to play for England,'' the QPR boss said.

''They would come to me 10 days before the game and say, 'Gaffer, get me out of that game, I don't want to play in that game'.

''I'd say, 'you're playing for your country, you should want to play'.

''(They would say) 'Nah, my girlfriend is having a baby in four weeks, I don't want to play' and that is the truth, so it makes you wonder.''

The claim will not have gone down well with the long list of Spurs players who represented England from 2008-2012.

In fact, Gerrard said he has spoken to one ex-Spurs player, who was ''devastated'' by Redknapp's comments.

The England captain believes anyone who dodges international duty is wrong and he called on Redknapp to name the players in question.

''I don't know who he means. Is it five years ago? 10 years ago? We need names,'' Gerrard told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro.

''If it's the case, it's disgusting.''

England may have just experienced their fastest World Cup exit in history, but Gerrard insists a lack of desire and effort was not the reason why.

''I can guarantee that is not the case here,'' Gerrard said.

''Nobody here wants to go home.''

England manager Roy Hodgson also denied there was any lack of desire within the 23-man party that flopped in Brazil.

He said: ''In the two years I've been here, I've seen a greater interest in playing for England, so Harry's comments come as a bit of a surprise.''

Hodgson's focus over the next 48 hours will be on salvaging some pride following successive World Cup defeats.

The England manager will not be sacked even if his men lose to Costa Rica in their final group game on Tuesday.

Speaking for the first time since England's exit was confirmed, Hodgson insisted he was still the right man for the job.

''There's no reason for me to have any serious doubts about the work I've done over the years and the qualities I bring to the team,'' Hodgson said.

''I have the backing of the team and the FA and I feel I am the right man to continue.''

Hodgson will make several changes for the game against Costa Rica.

It is understood that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not play though as he has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Luke Shaw is likely to make his first World Cup appearance as Leighton Baines is struggling with a hamstring injury.

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8:42am Mon 23 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Typical spurs players,try hard wannabes.the gunners little brother who thinks he a bit tasty but is really a tw@t
Typical spurs players,try hard wannabes.the gunners little brother who thinks he a bit tasty but is really a tw@t Sammy2sheds
  • Score: 6

8:48am Mon 23 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Darren Anderton (you skate b/std) was always phoning in sick
Darren Anderton (you skate b/std) was always phoning in sick Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 3

9:16am Mon 23 Jun 14

Dorssaints says...

God we have a whole season of Redknapp wanting to be in the papers every week! Well maybe until Christmas when he is given the sack and another huge pay off!
God we have a whole season of Redknapp wanting to be in the papers every week! Well maybe until Christmas when he is given the sack and another huge pay off! Dorssaints
  • Score: 6

9:22am Mon 23 Jun 14

petethephantom says...

Do you believe the source, honest Array
Now the spuds have judas,
What comes around goes around
Do you believe the source, honest Array Now the spuds have judas, What comes around goes around petethephantom
  • Score: 4

9:24am Mon 23 Jun 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Obviously the furore of a devastating World Cup exit is considered the time to bury bad news then.
Obviously the furore of a devastating World Cup exit is considered the time to bury bad news then. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 5

9:41am Mon 23 Jun 14

de Heiligen paard 101 says...

so redkrapp has got himself in the papers again, that's very unlike him. he is usually such a publicity shy person!
if he wants to make wild accusations like that then he should name names, otherwise shut the hell up!
redkrapp thought he was a shoe in for the England job, so much so that he was delaying signing a new deal with spuds and asking for more and more money. after roy got the job redkrapp then tried to do the deal with spuds, chopper levy got so peed off with his tactics that he sacked him instead. anyone else think that redkrapp might be just a little bit bitter and is just making noises to try and get back at the England set up? I wouldn't believe him if he told me the sky was blue! don't forget that this is the man who convinced a jury that he is basically stupid and couldn't run his own life, couldn't operate a mobile and was rubbish with player names!
so redkrapp has got himself in the papers again, that's very unlike him. he is usually such a publicity shy person! if he wants to make wild accusations like that then he should name names, otherwise shut the hell up! redkrapp thought he was a shoe in for the England job, so much so that he was delaying signing a new deal with spuds and asking for more and more money. after roy got the job redkrapp then tried to do the deal with spuds, chopper levy got so peed off with his tactics that he sacked him instead. anyone else think that redkrapp might be just a little bit bitter and is just making noises to try and get back at the England set up? I wouldn't believe him if he told me the sky was blue! don't forget that this is the man who convinced a jury that he is basically stupid and couldn't run his own life, couldn't operate a mobile and was rubbish with player names! de Heiligen paard 101
  • Score: 14

9:41am Mon 23 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

Shame more livermoan players didn't fail to turn up untill they were on the pitch
Shame more livermoan players didn't fail to turn up untill they were on the pitch Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 4

9:43am Mon 23 Jun 14

Alicesdad says...

Has he got another book coming out? No, he's already done that .. so whats his motivation for letting this "inside info" out into the public domain? Maybe he's still hurting over not getting the England job.... and even more annoyed that they havent sacked Hodgson. Diddums Harry, get over it. Take your dog out for a walk, isn't it time he popped into the bank to see how his accounts are looking?
Has he got another book coming out? No, he's already done that .. so whats his motivation for letting this "inside info" out into the public domain? Maybe he's still hurting over not getting the England job.... and even more annoyed that they havent sacked Hodgson. Diddums Harry, get over it. Take your dog out for a walk, isn't it time he popped into the bank to see how his accounts are looking? Alicesdad
  • Score: 7

9:44am Mon 23 Jun 14

Sheffieldsaint says...

Will there be any money in it for him?
Will there be any money in it for him? Sheffieldsaint
  • Score: 5

9:47am Mon 23 Jun 14

jls217 says...

Twattenham Shitespur haven't had that many England A players - shouldn't be difficult to work out who he's talking about.
Twattenham Shitespur haven't had that many England A players - shouldn't be difficult to work out who he's talking about. jls217
  • Score: 0

10:04am Mon 23 Jun 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Arrys got a head like a dropped pie
Arrys got a head like a dropped pie Sammy2sheds
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10:49am Mon 23 Jun 14

Confucious says...

I think what 'arry says is quite true and in my view the attitude of these players stinks and is a complete disgrace. There can be no higher honour or greater pleasure than playing for your country.

I remember I received an urgent call once to play for England against Romania in Bucharest. At the time I was enjoying a month's stay on the top floor of the Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles with Jenifer Aniston. We were there to try all 64 positions in the Kama Sutra and we'd done 37 when I received the call from the FA. Of course I'd have been on the next plane back if I hadn't been feeling genuinely unwell.

Nonetheless, the FA were clearly a little suspicious and I later heard they'd done a bit of checking. However, it turned out the hotel manager told them that I had not left the room once in the two weeks since my arrival and had just been having sandwiches sent in three times a day. My honour and status as a supreme patriot was justly fully intact.
I think what 'arry says is quite true and in my view the attitude of these players stinks and is a complete disgrace. There can be no higher honour or greater pleasure than playing for your country. I remember I received an urgent call once to play for England against Romania in Bucharest. At the time I was enjoying a month's stay on the top floor of the Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles with Jenifer Aniston. We were there to try all 64 positions in the Kama Sutra and we'd done 37 when I received the call from the FA. Of course I'd have been on the next plane back if I hadn't been feeling genuinely unwell. Nonetheless, the FA were clearly a little suspicious and I later heard they'd done a bit of checking. However, it turned out the hotel manager told them that I had not left the room once in the two weeks since my arrival and had just been having sandwiches sent in three times a day. My honour and status as a supreme patriot was justly fully intact. Confucious
  • Score: 3

10:57am Mon 23 Jun 14

Kongen says...

jls217 wrote:
Twattenham Shitespur haven't had that many England A players - shouldn't be difficult to work out who he's talking about.
Do you want to try list them? Might be a few more then you first though.

My money would be on someone like Aaron Lennon, he has history of pulling out of games with minor injuries. Seem to recall he even went off in one game leaving Spurs with 10 men against a team they had to beat to get back into the top 4 a few years back.
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: Twattenham Shitespur haven't had that many England A players - shouldn't be difficult to work out who he's talking about.[/p][/quote]Do you want to try list them? Might be a few more then you first though. My money would be on someone like Aaron Lennon, he has history of pulling out of games with minor injuries. Seem to recall he even went off in one game leaving Spurs with 10 men against a team they had to beat to get back into the top 4 a few years back. Kongen
  • Score: 1

12:09pm Mon 23 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
Shame more livermoan players didn't fail to turn up untill they were on the pitch
Unfortunately that is what they did do, they were on the pitch but didn't turn up, when other players would have done the job if they had been given the chance.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: Shame more livermoan players didn't fail to turn up untill they were on the pitch[/p][/quote]Unfortunately that is what they did do, they were on the pitch but didn't turn up, when other players would have done the job if they had been given the chance. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Mon 23 Jun 14

lowe esteem says...

The football clubs and their 'agents' who selfishly tap up players and turn young heads just when they should be concentrating on the most important games of their lives don't help either, do they Stevie?
The football clubs and their 'agents' who selfishly tap up players and turn young heads just when they should be concentrating on the most important games of their lives don't help either, do they Stevie? lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

7:23pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Folkestone Saint wrote:
Shame more livermoan players didn't fail to turn up untill they were on the pitch
Unfortunately that is what they did do, they were on the pitch but didn't turn up, when other players would have done the job if they had been given the chance.
Thats what I meant to say, but my fingers didn't understand what I wanted to type, damm those fingers
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: Shame more livermoan players didn't fail to turn up untill they were on the pitch[/p][/quote]Unfortunately that is what they did do, they were on the pitch but didn't turn up, when other players would have done the job if they had been given the chance.[/p][/quote]Thats what I meant to say, but my fingers didn't understand what I wanted to type, damm those fingers Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 0

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