England don't have a prayer of winning World Cup 2022, says Harry Redknapp

The QPR boss believes the Football Association's aim of winning the tournament in Qatar in unrealistic while claiming players at Spurs used to try to get out of international duty
Harry Redknapp says England have no chance of winning the 2022 World Cup following the Three Lions' early exit from the competition in Brazil.

Defeats to Italy and Uruguay have led to the latest inquest into the state of English football but Football Association chairman Greg Dyke offered his backing to manager Roy Hodgson on Friday.

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Hodgson's contract runs until 2016 and Dyke expects him to remain in charge at least until then.

But Redknapp believes that England need to face up to the reality of their current situation, saying that Dyke’s aim of targeting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is entirely fanciful.

"Are we going to win the World Cup in Doha? Good luck. Not a prayer. Get in the real world," he told BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday.

"We went to South Africa with a good bunch of players. We went to Brazil and should have won the group."

Redknapp also claimed that several of his players tried to get out of playing for England when he was manager of Tottenham.

The 67-year-old, who guided QPR back to the Premier League via the play-offs last season, offered a damning insight into the apparent lack of desire among some English players to represent their country.

"When I was at Tottenham two or three international players did not want to play for England," he added.

"They would come to me and say, 'gaffer, get me out of the game'. It happened on quite a few occasions."

Redknapp, who was in charge at White Hart Lane for just short of four years, did not name any of the players in question but the revelation offers a further hint at the troubles surrounding the England national team and its future.