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Pompey's foreign stars take lessons to decipher Harry

Portsmouth's foreign players are being sent to language school so they can understand manager Harry Redknapp's orders.

Pompey are organising the lessons for 16 of their players so they are not left baffled by boss Redknapp's Cockney phrases.

The lessons, run by Dr Jay Kettle-Williams, will also include learning football terms using a table football game.

A spokeswoman for language school Polyglot Solutions in Southsea, Hampshire said: ''The lessons were inspired by the fact that the English level by the players and their wives was not adequate for living and working in Portsmouth.

''That was the springboard for the lessons and as well as that it is crucial for the players to understand instructions on the pitch.''

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