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Jamie on opening night

Posted on 6 June 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 admits England will be slightly disappointed with their World Cup show against Sweden, as he looked ahead to Friday's cracker against Argentina, and feels opening night nerves might have come into play.

The fact that the opener came against tough, well organised and familiar opposition did not help and Jamie likens the performance to that against Ireland at Italia 90. In that tournament, England shrugged off early criticism and blazed a trail to the semi-finals only to be undone by West Germany on penalties.

"It was a little bit disappointing that we didn't win and didn't play as well as we would have liked," said Jamie.

"It was a tough game. Someone said it was a bit like 1990 against Ireland, it is not a great game to start with, you're under a lot of pressure to win. You had the situation with the manager against his home nation, it just didn't add up to a free-flowing game of beautiful football.

"Everyone was a bit nervous you felt and it just wasn't a great performance. Unfortunately that is just how it is and the big game now is on Friday."

Jamie agrees that the hype leading up to England's opening games in major tournaments does spin slightly out of control and lose touch with reality. It was only a matter of days before that the England camp was being compared with an episode of 'Casualty'.

"We do hype ourselves up. I read the papers before and thought we were going to win the World Cup.

"It is quite amazing really, but we are still in there. I think even if we lose to Argentina we can still qualify.

"We don't want Sweden to beat Nigeria and go into a situation where we're relying on Argentina to do us a favour."

Jamie does not feel that anyone in the England side stole the show but, on the other hand, he reasons that nobody put in a particularly poor performance.

"I think Seaman did well and kept us in it in the end. Darius Vassell did well in the first half.

"There wasn't anyone who was completely outstanding in the game and there was no-one that bad either. It was just one of those games."

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