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Jamie denies England report

Posted on 21 November 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Jamie Redknapp has dismissed a report quoting him as saying he should have been included in the England squad for this week's get-together.

A morning newspaper on Tuesday reported Jamie as saying that he feels he is as good as any of the other midfielders named in the party - a story which has upset the player, capped 17 times by his country.

"I feel I am as good as anyone and should be part of the squad," the report quoted Jamie as saying.

"It is something I would never come out with - saying I should be in the England squad or anything like that," said a dismayed Jamie at Spurs Lodge.

Jamie's sole objectives since arriving at the club have been to retain his fitness and hopefully enjoy success with Spurs. He has steadfastly, from day one, attempted to avoid any talk of England recalls.

"I haven't even thought about it and the way it has been reported is all wrong," he added.

"All I said was that I am enjoying my football and that I am just happy to be playing at the moment and to be fit.

"The question was asked about England and I said 'if, in a couple of months time I am playing well, then who knows?'.

"I just thought it was strange. I don't want people to associate me with it and think 'who does he think he is', because I never said that at all."