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Gerrard urges Redknapp to 'name and shame' players

Steven Gerrard said he was not aware of any players trying to avoid England duty.
Steven Gerrard said he was not aware of any players trying to avoid England duty. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard have urged Harry Redknapp to "name and shame" players he claims sought help to avoid England duty when he was manager of Tottenham.

Redknapp, speaking on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme, said he had dealt with "two or three" players who did not want to play for England during his three-and-a-half-year spell at White Hart Lane.

The England captain and manager responded, insisting no players in the current set-up held such feelings.

"Who?" Gerrard asked, "Name them. We need names. I don't know who he means. Five years ago? 10 years ago?

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

Hodgson added: "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."

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England contemplate a final full day in Rio

England's manager and captain faced the press today for the first time since their early exit from the World Cup was confirmed.

Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard admitted emotions are still raw. Gerrard is yet to decide whether he will retire from international football.

ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott was at the press conference in Rio:

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Steven Gerrard plays down retirement speculation

England Captain Steven Gerrard has addressed rumours of his retirement from international football following England's defeats in Brazil, telling a press conference "I won't be making any announcements in the next week".

ITV News Sports Producer Will Mott reports from the Brazil:


Gerrard: Won't be rushing into any decisions, I'm still hurting very bad, and broken


Gerrard: I won't be making any announcements in the next week

Police not anticipating trouble from 'dejected' fans

British police working at the World Cup in Brazil say they do not anticipate any trouble from "dejected" England fans despite their exit from the tournament.

England fans did not witness much success from their team at the tournament. Credit: Reuters

England crashed out of the tournament after losing their first two group games against Italy and Uruguay, and are due to play their last match against surprise leaders Costa Rica on Tuesday.

"We are aware fans are feeling a bit low and dejected, but we have had no trouble from them so far. We are not anticipating any trouble from them at all. There have been no arrests so far," Paddy Cooper, a spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said.

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England's World Cup exit must be a 'wake-up call'

England's "embarrassing" early exit from the World Cup must be a wake-up call that there is something "fundamentally wrong" with the national game, Rio Ferdinand has warned.

England's players walk off the pitch after their costly 2-1 defeat to Uruguay. Credit: Reuters

Costa Rica's 1-0 victory over Italy condemned England to their earliest elimination from the tournament since 1958, after defeats by Italy and Uruguay.

Ferdinand blamed England's "puddle deep" pool of talented players on a lack of facilities, quality coaches and playing opportunities for young players.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, the former Manchester United defender said: "Enough is enough. England’s embarrassing early exit from the World Cup needs to be a wake-up call that something is fundamentally wrong in our national game and it needs fixing or we’ll be also-rans for ever."

Read: Wayne Rooney apologises after England's World Cup exit

Joe Hart: 'We left nothing out there'

England goalkeeper Joe Hart has said that crashing out of the football World Cup has left him feeling empty after giving his all to England during the campaign.


Joe Hart: It's an empty feeling. I've put everything into this tournament but ultimately it's cruel, it's gutting for me.

In a press conference from Brazil, Hart also echoed Wayne Rooney's comments thanking the fans for making the journey out support them.


Joe Hart: We'd like to thank the fans for making the difficult journey, their presence was felt. We've left nothing out there.

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