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Redknapp 'not going to name names' in England row

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has refused to name the players he said wanted to avoid playing for England when he was manager of Tottenham.

He had said that when he was at the north London club "two or three players" had asked him to get them out of playing for the national side.

Redknapp was challenged by current England captain Steven Gerrard and manager Roy Hodgson to back up his comments by naming the individuals involved.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has sparked controversy with his comments. Credit: Scott Heavey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

But he has refused to give more detail, telling the Daily Mail: "I understand Steven's concern but I don't want to get into naming names because it wouldn't be fair to the players."

However he insisted the problem of players not wanting to represent England was widespread, adding: "Every Premier League manager past and present knows what I'm talking about. Probably even Roy Hodgson. But sadly this attitude is not unusual these days."

"You've only got to look at how many players pull out of an international game on Tuesday and Wednesday then are running about for their clubs the next Saturday to see that this is a very real issue."

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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."

Read: Steven Gerrard plays down retirement rumours

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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:

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

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

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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."

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