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Redknapp: Motivation key for Hodgson

May 1, 2012
By ESPN staff

On the brink of missing out on the role of England manager, Harry Redknapp has claimed that the new generation of players do not value international football as much as their predecessors.

Harry Redknapp
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Redknapp appears set to miss out on the national team job with Roy Hodgson poised to be appointed. However, Redknapp feels Hodgson will have a difficult time motivating the playing group as the Euro 2012 competition looms.

"England football is very important for the country but I don't know if it is as important any more to the players," Redknapp told The Sun. "That is the problem.

"People like Bobby Moore, when they were picked, would have walked there. I don't know whether it is quite the same with the younger players now.

"I do think some of the old brigade, players like the [Frank] Lampards, [John] Terrys and [Steven] Gerrards, they want to play all the time. But for some of the younger players it's more about club than country, which is a shame."

Redknapp also claimed he would be happy to take a step down in the future after missing out on the job he has seemingly coveted for so long.

"Managing England must be fantastic as well with all those top players and the top tournaments," he said. "But I would enjoy being manager of somewhere like Poole Town in a few years' time, going back to Bournemouth or wherever, I would still be enjoying it.

"That's what I enjoy doing. Football is my life, I love football. There's a million boys out there who would have loved the opportunities I have been given.

"I have been very lucky. Loads of lads from the lower divisions will never get the chances I've had."