England Will Not Win 2022 Tournament - Redknapp

England have no chance of achieving Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's target of winning the 2022 World Cup, QPR boss Harry Redknapp has said.

Defeats by Italy and Uruguay have seen England knocked out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in the group stages.

Redknapp, 67, said on BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek: "Will we win the World Cup in Doha? Not a prayer."

He added that, during his managerial career, he had "two or three players who did not want to play for England".

Dyke set England the target of reaching the Euro 2020 semi-finals and winning the 2022 World Cup in a speech made last September,shortly after taking up the FA chairmanship.

But Redknapp argued that an influx of foreign players at youth level was damaging the progress of homegrown talent.

He said: "It's a problem at youth level. I'm sure the best youth teams in the country have plenty of foreign lads in them.

"At one time, the youth team was probably more about local kids. Not just English kids, but local kids. I grew up at West Ham, and all the kids came from that area. We didn't even have kids from the north of England.

"Now when you look at Chelsea and Manchester City, certainly in the last few years, they've got an awful lot of foreign lads in their teams. That is a problem as well."

Redknapp, who has also managed West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth and Southampton in the top flight, added that he had dealt with English players who did not want to play for their country.

He said: "When full internationals came around, two or three players didn't want to go and play for England.

"They'd come to me 10 days before the game and say: 'Gaffer, get me out of the game. I don't want to play in it.' That was how it was.

"I said to them: 'It's your country. You should want to play.'

"And it's only going to get worse. They see the stick that the England players get. They're earning fantastic money at their clubs, they're all playing in the Champions League and they think: 'Do we need that aggro?'"

England have not gone beyond a World Cup quarter-final since they reached the last four in 1990 and have only won it once, in 1966. Their best performances in the European Championship came when they reached the semi-finals in 1968 and 1996.

Roy Hodgson's England side have one more Group D match to play in Brazil, against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

(BBC)

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