With the whole of England looking for solutions to mend a sub-standard looking national side with the hope of becoming a genuinely competitive force in world football by the 2014 World Cup, Harry Redknapp has suggested that Arsenal starlet Jack Wilshere could be the bedrock of the Three Lions’ possible future successes, while insisting that no miraculous improvements should be expected in the near future.
The recently-sacked Tottenham boss, who was odds-on favourite to become Fabio Capello’s successor as England manager before being overlooked by the FA in favour of Roy Hodgson, revealed that he was rather surprised at the ease at which Italy were taking England apart in the two sides’ quarterfinal clash.
“It’s a depressing way to go out as we were dominated by an Italian team that hasn’t looked that special at Euro 2012,” said Redknapp un his column for Betfair. “They were in a completely different class to us.”
Heaping massive praise on Azzurri anchorman Andrea Pirlo, Redknapp continued: “It’s the same old story in international football, you have to keep the ball and we couldn’t do that. Italy dominated possession and, in Pirlo, they had a man who could just run the game. He was on another level to everyone else on the pitch.”
However, Redknapp seemed hopeful for the future, suggesting that Pirlo’s guile and craft could be matched by the 20-year old Wilshere when fully fit.
“In Andrea Pirlo, Italy had a magician on the pitch. But England do have one of our own in the shape of Jack Wilshere and that’s one reason to believe we can improve in the future.”
Redknapp was also very effusive in his praise of Hodgson, suggesting that the former Fulham and West Bromwich Albion manager could not have done more than he did, and set up the team as a strong defensive unit quite admirably.