World Cup 2014: Harry Redknapp claims England were better in 2010
Defensive pairing was much stronger four years ago in South Africa
Tuesday 17 June 2014
Harry Redknapp thinks Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka are nowhere near as good as England's previous centre-back pairing of Rio Ferdinand and John Terry.
Saturday's 2-1 defeat was the first time England have lost when Cahill and Jagielka have started together at centre-back.
But Redknapp appears to believe central defence is England's weak spot.
Redknapp believes England were a much stronger side when they had Terry and Ferdinand at the back.
"I've heard a few people say that this is the best England side we've had in recent years, but that's nonsense," the QPR manager wrote on his blog for 666 Bet.
"It's a good side, but no disrespect to Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, they're not in the same league as John Terry and Rio Ferdinand when they were in their prime.
"We had a stronger side in South Africa."
Redknapp also had his say on the debate surrounding Wayne Rooney.
Rooney's place in the starting XI has come into question recently after a series of sub-par displays, the most recent one being in the Italy game.
Redknapp believes England boss Roy Hodgson should move Rooney from the left to the centre for Thursday's crunch match against Uruguay.
"I don't think Roy will make any changes to the starting XI for the Uruguay game, although I'd put Raheem Sterling on the left and bring Wayne Rooney back down the middle," said Redknapp, who was pipped to the England job by Hodgson two years ago."
Harry Redknapp came close to becoming England manager
He continued: "He plays the number 10 role so well and Sterling can cause Uruguay problems on the left, especially after their right back (Maxi Pereira) got sent off against Costa Rica."
Liam Neeson's Downton dreams
Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage
Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour
Latest in Sport
Everton vs Wolfsburg match report: Tim Howard hands Everton clear advantage
Think before you ink: Manchester United fan gets Sir Alex Ferguson tattoo - and will regret it for the rest of his life
Paul Scholes column: Rio Ferdinand and John Terry row was bad but they could have kept playing for England
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Bayern Munich vs Manchester City report: Jerome Boateng thrashes home winner against former team
- 1 Scottish independence: Learn from Quebec's mistakes and beware of promises. Vote Yes.
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
- 5 Cocaine and cannabis haul hidden in Vatican car seized by French police