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Pleased for the lads

Posted on 13 May 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp expressed his delight after six of our players were selected for England's provisional World Cup squad.

Harry Redknapp expressed his delight after six of our players were selected for England's provisional World Cup squad.

Michael Dawson, Ledley King, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe have all been named in Fabio Capello's initial 30-man squad for South Africa.

The players travel to Austria to start preparations next week and have friendlies against Mexico (May 24, at Wembley) and Japan (May 30, in Austria) before the squad is cut from 30 to 23.

"It's fantastic, great news for the club to have six players in the squad and they all deserve to be there," said Harry.

"We expected Peter, JD and Aaron to be there. I thought Ledley would also make it and I was hoping Michael and Tom would as well, so the fact they are in there is great.

"It shows the strength of the playing squad here now and it's a great honour for the players and for the club, their families and everyone involved. I just hope no-one is left disappointed when the squad gets cut down."

The club could be represented by 11 players in South Africa.

As well as the England six, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong and Giovani dos Santos are in the provisional squads for Cameroon and Mexico respectively.

Meanwhile, Wilson Palacios and Heurelho Gomes will be on the plane to South Africa with Honduras and Brazil respectively after their national coaches named the squads for the finals on Monday.

"It's a dream for all those players, a great honour and we're delighted for them," added Harry. "I hope they all go."