Di Canio under fire

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Harry Redknapp, the West Ham manager, is losing patience with Paolo Di Canio as the Italian continues to rock the boat at Upton Park.

Harry Redknapp, the West Ham manager, is losing patience with Paolo Di Canio as the Italian continues to rock the boat at Upton Park.

Redknapp has left the striker in no doubt that he is far from impressed after Di Canio claimed that neither Rio Ferdinand nor West Ham's young midfielder Joe Cole are ready for the step up to regular international football just yet.

But Redknapp has not been slow to return fire. He said: "I know Rio has been sickened by this. Enough is enough. I can't allow this to go on."

Redknapp added: "I have a terrific bunch of lads with a wonderful team spirit and will not stand by and watch somebody wreck it. I don't care who he is or how much talent he has. Paolo cannot get away with this time and again.

"I don't want to sell Paolo, that's the last thing I want because he's a great player. But there comes a time when you have to do something about it. We've got some very straight talking to do. Paolo is upsetting people right, left and centre and he should not be surprised if no one wants to talk to him."

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