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Redknapp receives high praise from Tottenham full-back Assou-Ekotto

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has spoken very highly of Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

The Cameroonian full-back admits it would be a sad day if Redknapp was to depart Spurs for the England job and has urged the 64-year old to stay out at White Hart Lane.

"I am a Tottenham player but I am not English so I hope England fans can forgive me when I say that I would like Harry Redknapp to stay at Spurs," he told the London Evening Standard.

"It may sound selfish but Harry has been very good for me so it is natural that I don't want him to go.

"If the Football Association want him to be England manager he will have a very tough decision to make and no matter what he decides, some will be happy and others will be sad. All I know is that he is our gaffer at the moment and we are enjoying it.

"When I think about it now, I wonder what I was doing so far up the pitch in the fourth minute but that is what Harry has got us doing. That is what makes him so special.

"He encourages us to play football and to express ourselves. He even lets me play with my afro, although I must confess that is more down to my laziness and unwillingness to go out in the cold to get my hair done."

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