Gerrard: Name and shame
23 June 2014, 13:31
Cape Town - Steven Gerrard has called on Harry Redknapp to release the names of
Tottenham Hotspur players that did not want to honour national call-ups.
Redknapp shared his thoughts on England's early elimination from the FIFA World Cup with BBC Radio 5 Live, where he claimed that some of his English players tried to dodge the national team during his tenure as the Tottenham manager.
Gerrard, who is preparing to lead the Three Lions one last time in Brazil, has hit back with a dare for the former Spurs boss to name and shame the individuals.
"I'll tell you what - I'd be interested to find out who those players are," the Liverpool stalwart told reporters at a press conference ahead of their final match against Costa Rica.
"If Harry is making a comment like that he should name them and embarrass them. No-one in this group wants to go home - no one.
"Should Harry not name them? If he's not naming them, I can't answer. If it's the case it's disgusting. For me, if a player doesn't want to be here, he doesn't deserve to be here at a World Cup.
"Who? Name them. I don't know who he means. Five years ago? Ten years ago?"
He added: "I can understand why you have asked the question with Harry Redknapp being a big coach in the game but we need names. I can guarantee you that it's not here in this squad.
"When you go down into the younger age groups, they're younger lads and might not want to be away from their families. But when you're picked at this level and find any excuse not to be here, you don't deserve to be here."
Redknapp was in charge between 2008 and 2012 at White Hart Lane, with the likes of Aaron Lennon, Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe involved in the England set-up.