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Oct 7, 2008

Redknapp bemoans huge wages for young players

Harry Redknapp has condemned the get-rich-quick attitude which he believes has become common among young footballers.

The Portsmouth manager believes the English game is suffering because of the high wages on offer to young players, who can be wealthy from a young age.

Redknapp, 61, has seen the finances of the game change beyond recognition during his career as a manager, and he claims it is too easy for youngsters to make a fortune from football.

Speaking in ITV1 documentary England Expects, to be shown tomorrow evening, Redknapp said: "I don't know where you get the top English players at the moment, where do you find them?

"I don't see too many around at the moment. Years ago you could go into the non-league and pick up players. Where are the Les Ferdinands, the Ian Wrights and the Stuart Pearces?

"Young players come into clubs nowadays and I don't think they work hard enough, they get in at 15 and they don't spend enough time practising, working.

"They want the big cars, they want to be superstars but I don't know how many of them really want to work hard enough to do it.''

Speaking on the same programme, former England boss Glenn Hoddle reflects on his time in the job currently held by Fabio Capello.

Hoddle bossed England from 1996 to 1999, and said: "It's worse than being the Prime Minister unless we go to war. You have to get judged by the results but you don't.

"The expectations from the press, from the country, shouldn't be on the players.''

Sven-Goran Eriksson also reveals his England team's failure to reach the 2006 World Cup semi-finals was the lowest point of his career.

Eriksson, whose team lost on penalties to Portugal in the quarter-finals, said: "It was professionally my biggest disappointment because I honestly thought we should have reached the semi-final, maybe even the final.''

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