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Redknapp: Some players did not want to play for England

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

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.

– Harry Redknapp, speaking to BBC Radio Five Live


Harry Redknapp urged to name and shame ex-Spurs stars

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

Harry Redknapp Credit: Press Association

Redknapp claimed some English players asked him to pull them out of national games when he was in charge at White Hart Lane.

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Police 'probe burglary at Ian Wright's home'

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary at what is believed to be the home of ITV football analyst Ian Wright.

Wright's north-west London house was reportedly burgled last night, with his wife and two children held at knifepoint during the raid.

A Scotland Yard statement said: "We are investigating an aggravated burglary at an address in north-west London after we were called at 9.20 last night.

"Personal possessions were stolen. The suspects are described as four black men aged between 18 and 25, with London accents, wearing dark clothing and hoodies obscuring their faces."

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Wright says 'you won't get away with it' after 'burglary'

Football analyst Ian Wright last night tweeted "You won't get away with it!" in what may have been a message to the men who reportedly burgled his home while holding his family at knifepoint.

The Sun reports that Wright's manager Steve Kutner said: “It was a terrifying ordeal. They marched Ian’s wife from room to room."

He also thanked ITV for returning him home from Brazil immediately after he learnt of the incident.


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Ian Wright's wife and children 'burgled at knifepoint'

Former England international and ITV football analyst Ian Wright has apparently flown home from the World Cup in Brazil with reports suggesting his wife and children were burgled at knifepoint in London.

Ian Wright was part of ITV Sport's team in Brazil for the World Cup. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/Press Association Images

England physio dislocates ankle celebrating goal

England physio Gary Lewin is carried off injured on a stretcher Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

England physio Gary Lewin, who used to work for Arsenal, is to return home from the World Cup after suffering a fracture and dislocation of his ankle. The Londoner sustained the injury while celebrating Daniel Sturridge's first-half equaliser in Saturday night's 2-1 defeat against Italy.

England physio Gary Lewin during the match Credit: Mike Egerton/PA

Lewin jumped off the bench while cheering and injured himself in the process. He left the field on a stretcher after a short break in play.

"That was a very sad moment for us," England boss Roy Hodgson said. "In celebrating the goal he jumped up, landed on a water bottle and dislocated his ankle.

"It was very painful. He was taken to hospital. The doctor set it, put it back in at the side of the field, but it's the end of the World Cup for Gary."

Redknapp excited for QPR's Championship play-off final

Harry Redknapp says he is relishing the prospect of leading QPR to Wembley for the Championship play-off final.

A brace from Charlie Austin helped the Hoops come from behind to beat Wigan at Loftus Road on Monday night to set up a meeting with Derby County on May 24.

Harry Redknapp's side came from behind to beat Wigan and reach the Championship play-off final. Credit: PA Wire

“It’s a great night, great for the fans and we’ve got a Wembley trip to look forward to," Redknapp said.

“I wanted to do it for the fans and for the owners because they’re good people and I knew what it meant for them.

“It’s a smashing club, we’ve got great support, the owners are fantastic people and the players deserve it, they’ve been fantastic and they’ve worked their socks off.”

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