Redknapp only thinking of Spurs
Harry Redknapp insists the possibility of taking to the Wembley dugout as England manager will not enter his mind when he takes Tottenham to the home of English football on Sunday to face Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final.
Redknapp is the overwhelming favourite to assume the England manager's role, which has been left vacant since Fabio Capello resigned in February. But Tottenham have won just twice in the Premier League since the Italian walked out on the Three Lions and critics say the two variables must be linked.
Redknapp himself takes offence at that suggestion, however, and insists his sole focus remains Tottenham.
''I never think about it (England). Honestly, I swear, I never think about anything other than just Tottenham Hotspur,'' Redknapp said. ''All I think about is trying to finish this season in that top four and get to the FA Cup final. Other than that there is nothing else to occupy my mind at all.''
Redknapp's hopes of beating Chelsea to end Tottenham's 21-year wait for an FA Cup triumph have been hit by an injury crisis. The problem is so severe Redknapp is considering recalling David Bentley, who has been out since October, when he suffered a knee injury while on loan at West Ham.
''We haven't got loads of players and looking at the squad, there is every chance David Bentley could be back on the bench. He is in the running,'' Redknapp said.
''David hasn't even played a game this season. He has been injured since he went to West Ham, but I'm struggling to find seven subs.''
The likely centre-back pairing of William Gallas and Ryan Nelsen have a combined age of 68, but Redknapp has no qualms about throwing them in to battle against the likes of Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba.
''I had five centre-halves in January but now those two are the last men standing,'' Redknapp said. ''But Ryan Nelsen wouldn't let me down, he's a fantastic competitor.''