Redknapp urges fringe players to impress against Everton

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Harry Redknapp has challenged his Tottenham Hotspur fringe players to impress against Everton in the Carling Cup.

The Spurs boss is expected to give the likes of Roman Pavlyuchenko, Gareth Bale, David Bentley and Alan Hutton a rare start for the tie at White Hart Lane and wants the players to show him what they can do.

“It’s a good opportunity for them to play,” said Redknapp.

“When the chance comes they have to take it and stake a claim for a place.”

“We take it seriously, but I have to play other lads that need a game and are working hard at the training ground every day,” he continued.

“They need to get a game or two in them. They played well in the previous rounds at Doncaster and Preston.

“Everyone else will be doing the same this week too – if you look at Arsenal or Liverpool’s game on Wednesday it won’t bear much resemblance to Sunday. You still want to win every game, so I will have a good team.

“We’ve been to the final for the last two years and we want to go back. We have a chance in this and the FA Cup.”

“You want European football – it’s important for everyone,” he added.

“But when you’re not in it, it gives you more time to rest and prepare for the league games.

“It can be very difficult with lots of competitions, but Fulham did well last week.”

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