Harry Redknapp gives thoughts on England v Wales

Date published: Wednesday 15th June 2016 10:16

Harry Redknapp: Talks top four

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp believes England will be ‘too strong’ for Wales in their Euro 2016 Group B showdown in Lens on Thursday.

Roy Hodgson’s troops are under pressure to bank three points having been held to a 1-1 draw by Russia in their opening group game last Saturday.

Chris Coleman’s men, however, head into the game sitting top of the group after beating Slovakia 2-1 thanks to goals from Gareth Bale and Hal Robson-Kanu.

Real Madrid winger Bale will be the biggest threat to England – but if they can keep him quiet, former Wales international Clayton Blackmore feels his country ‘may have some problems’.

Both Redknapp and Blackmore spoke to Champions Speakers ahead of the much-anticipated clash, which kicks off at 2pm.

And former QPR, Portsmouth and West Ham manager Redknapp, who was often touted as a possible England manager, does not believe Hodgson will make any changes to his starting line-up.

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He said: “There has been talk of leaving Sterling out, but how do you balance the team?

“The way they play with wing backs should mean that our full backs, who love to get forward, can cause problems. We should be able to get in two against one situations all day long.

“I’m really looking forward to the game. They have some really good players, of course there’s Gareth Bale, but I also think (Aaron) Ramsey is an outstanding player. I’m a big fan of (Ashley) Williams at centre-half too as he’s big, strong and a good leader.

“I do like the look of the Welsh team and I think they’ll qualify from the group, but I think England will be too strong in this one.”

Joe Ledley and Robson-Kanu played starring roles off the bench against Slovakia – but Blackmore feels Coleman should also stick to his opening starting XI.

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The former Manchester United midfielder said: “I wouldn’t change anything from the way we set up against Slovakia.

“I’d keep the same shape too but obviously Joe Ledley came on and helped set up the goal, however there’s no way he can be 100% fit yet. To come back so quickly from a leg fracture, it’s quite remarkable that he’s there at all.

“There’s Robson-Kanu too who obviously came on and grabbed the winning goal on Saturday. He’s strong, quick and can get in behind defences so there are some good options for Chris Coleman to consider.”

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