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Sancho shining but Redknapp claims it is too easy to get into the England team

18:19 EAT 15/10/2018
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Gareth Southgate is offering exciting youngsters an opportunity to impress, but a vastly experienced coach claims the route to caps is not what it was

While the likes of Jadon Sancho are looking to impress with England, Harry Redknapp claims it has become too easy to break into the Three Lions squad.

After several years of underachievement, Gareth Southgate has returned a sense of optimism to an inconsistent side on the back of their run to the semi-final stage at World Cup 2018.

He is looking to build on that success by introducing exciting youngsters into the senior fold, with Borussia Dortmund starlet Sancho joined in the current squad by the likes of James Maddison, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount and Harry Winks.

England also have established stars such as Marcus Rashford, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez within their ranks who are all 21 years old or younger.

Offering them top level experience could be considered a positive thing in the early stages of their career, but former Tottenham boss Redknapp – who was heavily linked with the England job at various stages throughout his coaching career – believes caps are no longer as hard to come by as they once were.

He told talkSPORT: “It’s good to stick the kids in, but they’ve got to be up to it, they’ve got to be playing regularly for their club.

“Years ago, you had to be a top, top player every week for your club to get in the England team.

“But now, you don’t even have to be in your club team on a regular basis to play for your country.

“It’s quite bizarre really how it’s changed.”

Redknapp added on a group of talent hoping to better the achievements of the so-called ‘Golden Generation’ that went before them: “I think that’s a little bit of how it’s gone – we keep getting players in the side who can’t get in their club teams.

“These kids obviously have great futures but they’ve got to earn it, they’ve got to work their way up.

“I haven’t seen enough of Sancho to be a real judge of him, but he came on the other night and he showed glimpses of real ability.

“It’s good to see the kids coming in, but I think they’ve got to earn their spurs, they’ve got to get into their club teams and have a good run at the top club level and work their way into the England team from there.

“If you’re English and you’re good enough surely you’ve got to be able to get into your club team!”