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Redknapp admits England distraction

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Harry Redknapp's hopes of being England manager this time around appear to be over © Getty Images
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Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that some of his colleagues at White Hart Lane believe the ongoing speculation over the England job has affected his side's form.

Redknapp has conceded for the first time that the 12-week period since Fabio Capello's resignation, in which he had been strongly linked with the vacant position, has had an effect. Spurs have won twice in ten league games since Capello walked and Redknapp began being touted as the new England coach.

"Some people will feel it has, people who work with me think it's definitely had an effect but I don't know really, I'm not sure," said Redknapp.

With the FA's approach to Roy Hodgson this week Redknapp's hopes appear dashed, and whilst the Spurs boss said he bore no grudge towards the governing body he did admit that the process could have been concluded quicker.

"It's dragged on a bit, I suppose. That's the only thing. Other than that I've got no problems," he said. "They choose whoever they want to choose.

"I'm very lucky to be managing such a great club with great players. It's not something I thought about or I haven't spent the last six weeks thinking: 'Oh my God, what's the squad I'm going to take [to the Euros], what am I going [to do]?' I've just been concentrating solely on Tottenham and that's not changed."

Redknapp now faces a potential battle to retain his best players over the summer, with Gareth Bale recently admitting he may have to consider his future and Luka Modric likely to attract renewed interest.

"That's up to Gareth and the chairman to discuss that," Redknapp said. "I think Tottenham need to strengthen, if we fell down anywhere in the end, it's just that we didn't have quite strong enough depth in the squad.

"It was difficult to leave too many of my top players out because I lost people like [Tom] Huddlestone and [Michael] Dawson who would have been very important. We need to improve next year and just strengthen the squad a little bit and if we do that we'll be right there again."

Redknapp added: "I haven't spoke to the chairman but he's ambitious the same as I am. I think he'll want to strengthen the squad this year. Everybody's started. Arsenal bought a player [Lukas Podolski], Chelsea bought one yesterday [Marko Marin], so we'll keep strengthening."

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