“They had no intention of them being in the squad”


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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has blasted England boss Fabio Capello for the way he has treated Michael Dawson.

The Spurs defender was one of the seven cut from the 30-man squad for the World Cup and was the only player along with Scott Parker not to feature in any of the build-up matches.

“They tell me Scott trained fantastically every day in training and could not have done any more,” said Redknapp.

“He worked his socks off. But whatever he did he was not going to go.

“Someone said to me he felt like a ghost on the trip, like Dawson, they were there but not there and they could sense that.

“The manager didn’t really speak to them or give them much feedback. They have not kicked a ball.

“Dawson and Parker have had great seasons but you might as well have taken 25 to Austria. They had no intention of them being in the squad and they made up the numbers.”

“I’m surprised, I thought Theo would go. I like him and he has got great ability,” added Redknapp.

“I gave him his debut and he is inconsistent at times, but he is a winger and flies by people.

“Capello probably had another look at him and was probably frustrated with his final ball against Japan and decided not to take him.

“But you only have to look back at Croatia when he scored a hat-trick and ripped them to pieces. He can be a match-winner.

“Aaron Lennon will have days when it doesn’t go his way. Theo can come on and give them a problem.”

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  1. Couldn't understand it either, but then again I'm neither surprised or bothered by Huddlestone or Dawson s omission from the final squad. Hopefully Dawson won't be too upset by his treatment and will be supercharged and ready for the coming season. That aside, how Upson and Carragher make it is beyond belief,. Upson is clearly a liability and Carragher was taken back knowing full well he'd make it anyway, so all of this is just a media circus at the end of the day. Scott Parker should have a certainty, but Walcotts omission was unavoidable, but how many chances did he have before getting the axe?, even playing Lennon out of position to accommodate him. It really annoyed me when Huddlestone's given 45 mins to impress, and Parker, Dawson et-al, no playing time whatsoever. Still….summers here

  2. If true, I'd drive 'arry to Upton Park myself, for free!, excellent player, and would allay my concerns over Palacios for sure.

  3. I have always loved the world cup but this year i feel gutted for five players who should have gone to this World Cup . Scotty Parker 29 Johnson 21 Dawson 26 Hudds 23 Wallcott and these should be on Holiday Heskey Upson Warnock Garragher Barry 28 . Big Tom was only judged by a total of 80 mins for Hudds with is 10 20 45 mins and looked lost with Lampost and worse still was Dawson and Parker o mins .These players should be sent home on form Barry Warnock Carrick Heskey Upson Carragher these players could bomb Milner Heskey Upson and these could suffer from old injury's Ferdinand Rooney both Coles Lennon King Terry Barry Gerrard are all hiding injurys to get on the plane and this could be our downfall.

  4. Feel gutted when knowing Big Tom & Dawson being left out of the squad. On form, they performed better than Carrick & Upson thru out the season. Some says that it's a well balance team that Fabio picks. I say it's well balance team of players fit & players carrying injuries…. There goes our chances of winning the Cup.


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