England were dumped out of the Euros by Italy last night.
Redknapp told The Sun: "He’s the type of player I’m talking about who doesn’t rely on strength or speed — he’s a genuine footballer.
"He was then 35 or 36 years old and we won and went through but boy did he play well, did he have a magnificent football brain which is ageless.
"When players like Luka Modric, Eyal Berkovic and the like are on form they are match changers. It’s been a problem for us for the last 30 years — it’s why we haven’t won anything."