Wilshere has former Spurs man as ally: I'm in Jack's corner!

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager stands by Wilshere's comments regarding player legibility for the national team.

The sensitive issue surrounding players eligible for the England national team refuses to ebb.

Arsenal midfielder and burgeoning international Jack Wilshere has been subject to media wrath and even suffered fall-out from other sporting figures - such as Kevin Pietersen - over who should and who shouldn't be allowed to represent the country.

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While most reaction to Wilshere's comments have been negative, the 21-year-old has found an unlikely ally in former Tottenham Hotspur manager and current Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp.

'I'm in Jack Wilshere's corner,' Redknapp told BBC Radio 4.

Prior to Roy Hodgson's appointment, Redknapp was a candidate for the managerial role at England. Players such as Mikel Arteta and even Manuel Almunia before him, have been linked with call-ups to Three Lions but it appears neither would be considered under Redknapp's regime.

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What Redknapp feels most strongly about, however, is the influx of foreign talent at the expense of local players in youth teams.

'There are several clubs in the Premier League now, whose youth teams are absolutely full up with players who are bought in from other clubs abroad, and we'll end up with no English kids in the team.

'I can see that happening in the future, where it'll be three or four English boys and the rest will be lads who have come in here at 16 or 17 because they're the cream of the crop abroad and we'll be taking them from Belgium or France or wherever we can bring them in from, and it won't be an England team anymore.

'So I'm absolutely with Jack. The English kids who go to academies at 9, 8, 10 years of age and striving to be professionals, there'll be no future for them in the England team I don't think if we allow this to happen.'

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