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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