Video: Jamie Redknapp urges England to believe
FOOTBALL pundit Jamie Redknapp as urged England to play with some belief ahead of their World Cup clash against Slovenia as he opened new facilities at a Suffolk club.
The former Liverpool captain and England midfielder was in Suffolk yesterday to open a new �2.1million redevelopment at AFC Sudbury.
“We haven’t played well,” he said. “You can’t deny it but I also know how quickly things can change.
“You can be in the dressing room and you think you can’t get any worse then, all of a sudden, one deflected goal, one decision by the referee and it can all turn around.”
The Sky Sports pundit signed balls, shirts and autographs for fans as he officially opened the newly-named Mel Group Stadium in Brundon Lane, Sudbury.
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After England’s disappointing draw against Algeria on Friday, Redknapp said Capello’s men needed to believe in themselves.
“They have just got to show their character and play with some belief,” he said. “Enjoy it.
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“Everyone looks like there is so much fear on their faces.
“They are scared to make mistakes but they should be out there enjoying it.”
Hundreds of fans gathered on the manicured pitch for the official opening ceremony of the new clubhouse and community facilities.
AFC players of all ages queued to speak to the star, who backed the ambitious scheme to redevelop the site in a video three years ago.
Enjoying a tour of the new facilities, Jamie said he was pleased to see the idea become a reality.
“A few years ago there was just a shed here,” he said. “Now it looks completely different.
“It’s great for grass roots, bringing kids up and developing them in the right way.”
Amid speculation that England manager Fabio Capello could face the sack if his team don’t improve their performance, Jamie backed his father, Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry, for the role.
“People like him because he’s an Englishman and he knows the game,” he said. “He’s happy at Tottenham but, if Capello did go, they would have to get someone in and I am sure he would get a mention.”