Redknapp: I blasted Defoe in front of team-mates

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Harry Redknapp revealed that he gave Jermain Defoe a dressing down in front of his Spurs team-mates after his red card against Portsmouth.

Redknapp was furious with the striker after he was given his marching orders for stamping on Aaron Mokoena.

Redknapp said: “Yes. He’s sorry for what’s done. For sure. I gave him a rollicking in front of all the lads, to be fair.”

“He can be a bit like that,” Redknapp said.

“At times, he has to learn to curb that. I couldn’t have told him more. I sat him down at half-time and said to him ‘don’t do anything silly. We can’t afford to go down to 10 men here. We have to have 11 on the pitch. Don’t let us down’.

“He let himself down, he let us down as well. He could have cost us the game. The way he reacted, it was disappointing.”

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