In his new book, 'Always Managing: My Autobiography by Harry Redknapp', being serialised in the Daily Mail, Redknapp wrote: "When I was at Tottenham I had plenty of players who said, ‘I don’t want to play, pull me out of the squad, I don’t want to go.’
"I’m sure it is different with the older players. I can’t imagine Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard or Ashley Cole not wanting to turn out for their country, but I’ve known a lot of younger ones that weren’t interested.
"Times have changed. My generation would have given their right arm just to be named in the squad, but the younger ones aren’t steeped in that tradition. They can’t be bothered.
"Without doubt England have underachieved. We are outplayed by nations whose players couldn’t make it in our Premier League.
"You’re watching a tournament and thinking, ‘Hang on, he was at Blackburn — he was useless,’ or ‘That bloke couldn’t get in West Ham’s team.’
"How often does that happen?
"I am amazed we have been so poor. For me, it comes down to identity. We don’t have any."
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