Tottenham attacker Clint Dempsey says he relishes participating in the Europa League.

Former boss Harry Redknapp described participating in the tournament as a "punishment", but Dempsey thinks it deserves more recognition.

"The prestige is there," the United States forward said.

"You get to play against some of best clubs in Europe. That's why we are all excited about the possibility of going on a run and doing something special."