Redknapp: England need an identity

18 July 2014 01:02

Harry Redknapp wants to see England develop their own brand of football and believes he could offer some guidance if approached by the Football Association.

There has been a clamour for England to adopt the approach set out by World Cup winners Germany, who drew plenty of plaudits for how they played their football.

Mario Gotze's extra-time goal gave Germany a 1-0 win over Argentina to seal their first world title since 1990 and that win was seen as the culmination of years of planning and investment in young talent.

The victory marked the progress made since Germany failed to make it out of the group stages at both the 2000 and 2004 European Championships.

England, meanwhile, were sent home with their tails between their legs as Roy Hodgson's side finished bottom of their group with only a point from a goalless draw with Costa Rica to show for their efforts.

But, despite many now calling for the nation to copy the German blueprint, Redknapp - who was tipped to replace Fabio Capello as England coach before Hodgson was appointed - wants the team to be themselves.

"The problem is, France won the World Cup (in 1998) and we have to copy the French way," the QPR boss said.

"Then they blow up and are useless at the next World Cup so we are going to have to copy the Spaniards, and now it is the Germans.

"The next World Cup we will be copying someone else wont we, let's be ourselves and get the best out of the players.

"How do we play the game, what is the England style of play? Everyone should play the same way, under-17s and under-18s, we should be playing in the same way.

"We should be employing people to work with those kids who have a philosophy of how the game should be played - we have to produce teams that are going to play from the back.

"I see people getting involved in coaching England's younger teams and are they people who want to play football? I don't think they are."

FA chairman Greg Dyke's review has already suggested several ways in which the governing body hopes to alter the fortunes of the national side and, although Redknapp was not included on the panel who drew up the proposals, he reckons he could offer something.

When asked if the FA had asked his opinion, the 67-year-old replied: "Of course not, they have too many other experts. If they ask me I would tell them, maybe I can help them.

Redknapp admitted he could not put his finger on where England went wrong in Brazil and suggested it was naive to believe World Cup success could be achieved in 2022 - when Dyke wants to see England return from Qatar with the trophy.

"England would win the group, that was my opinion (before the tournament)," he added.

"I thought we were certainties to win a very poor group. It was very disappointing.

"Were you not surprised that Costa Rica won the group? It tells you everything that Costa Rica won the group.

"I think we have got good players and a good manager so don't ask me what happens. We have had lots of good players and lots of good managers since '66, everyone has different opinions and stupid ideas.

"We are going to win the World Cup in Qatar, so they say, so we will be okay - don't worry. The 140-degree heat won't bother us, we will run around and win it out there."

Source: PA