Redknapp: England need to channel Liverpool atmosphere at World Cup

Harry Redknapp

England need to look towards the Anfield atmosphere for inspiration at this month's World Cup, according to Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp.

The Three Lions head to Brazil in emboldened mood after Roy Hodgson picked a relatively youthful-looking squad unburdened by the experience of failure at previous tournaments.

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw are all under 21, and expectations are relatively realistic ahead of the South American tournament.

Hodgson has previously stated that he wants his squad to sing the national anthem before each game, and QPR boss Redknapp agrees that national pride should be at the forefront of the players' minds at the competition.

Redknapp also stated that Liverpool's famous Anfield atmosphere should be adopted by all concerned with the Three Lions.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the R's manager said: “It’s great to see the boys stick their chests out and sing the national anthem. They’re all proud to be English. I watched Liverpool play Manchester City earlier this year, and watched when the crowd sang You’ll Never Walk Alone.

“I think that’s probably the most moving day I’ve seen in football. It was just an amazing pouring out of emotion that day and the players responded to that and I’m sure even in Brazil, we’ll have great support.

“They’ll be singing the national anthem, the supporters who travel over there from England and the players can stick their chests out and be proud to represent their country. If they can play that way then we’ve got a good chance.”

England begin their campaign with a game against Italy in Manaus on June 14, before they meet Uruguay and Costa Rica on June 20 and June 25 respectively.

Hodgson's side are heading to Miami where they sign off their World Cup preparations with warm-up games against Ecuador and Honduras on June 7 and 10.

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