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The QPR manager claims that "two or three" international stars tried to avoid playing for the Three Lions while he was at Tottenham but the captain wants more details

England captain Steven Gerrard wants Harry Redknapp to "name and embarrass" the players whom the QPR boss claims tried to get out of playing for the Three Lions while he was at Tottenham.

Adamant that no such reluctance is present in the national camp in Brazil, the midfielder indicated that he would be furious with anyone looking to avoid playing for his country.

Darren Bent, David Bentley, Peter Crouch, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Ledley King, Aaron Lennon, Scott Parker, Kyle Walker and Jonathan Woodgate all represented England while under Redknapp at Spurs and Gerrard is keen to get more detail on which "two or three players" the 67-year-old meant.

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"I tell you what, I'd be interested to find out who those players are. If Harry is making a comment like that, he should name them and embarrass them," Gerrard told reporters.

"Hand on heart, no-one in this group wants to go home. No-one has said to me they don't like playing for England or that they don't want to be here. If [Redknapp's claims are] the case, it's disgusting. If a player doesn't want to be here, he doesn't deserve to be at a World Cup.

"Should Harry not name them? 'They' didn't want to play for England. Who? Name them. We need names. Is it Lennon, Walker, Andros Townsend? I don't know who he means. Does he mean five years ago or 10 years ago?

"I've spoken to Jermain Defoe and he's devastated [not to be in Brazil]. Harry Redknapp is a fantastic coach and a big character in the game so for him to make a comment like that is a big question in this room but we need names or we can't agree or disagree but it’s not [been the case] here. I can guarantee 100 per cent it's not here.

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"If you get a one-off situation where a player has a bad experience or falls out with a manager and doesn't enjoy it, you can possibly understand it but if Harry is talking about a group of players at one club who don't want to be involved in the England setup? Well, if he names them, we can come back to that..."

England boss Roy Hodgson suggested that he could make an "educated guess" as to certain other individuals who might share similar sentiments but is surprised by Redknapp's claims.

"In the two years I've been here, I've seen a greater interest in playing for England so Harry's comments come as a bit of a surprise, quite frankly," he added, "so, if you are going to make global comments like that, it's a bit dangerous.

"You have to be prepared to say: 'This player came to me and said...' - I could imagine 'a player' with an educated guess but I don't think I could name many Tottenham players and certainly [not] among the ones I've worked with [to whom Redknapp's words might apply]."