Redknapp: Spurs closing the gap

Harry Redknapp believes the gap between North London rivals

Tottenham and Arsenal is closing fast but claims the Gunners still

have a real chance of winning the title.

Tottenham are battling it out for fourth spot with Manchester

City, Liverpool and Aston Villa and Redknapp sees Roberto Mancini’s

fifth-placed City side – level on points with Spurs with a game in

hand – as the biggest threat.

Redknapp, speaking to 230 guests at a Jewish Care business

breakfast in Chigwell, said: “We’re right in there and have got a

great chance. Manchester City are the team to watch out for.”

Redknapp was also full of praise for rivals Arsenal, who have

hauled themselves right back into the title race.

“They have an excellent youth set-up, a conveyor belt of

young players coming through,” said Redknapp.

“The gap is closing. We’re trying to turn it around but it’s

not easy. There’s not a million miles between the teams. I don’t

think that there will be much of a gap at the end of the season.

“Arsenal can win the title. They are a very well run club and

the manager has done a good job.”

But while Redknapp remains confident that his side can smash

their way into the top four this season, he is not so upbeat about

the future of the English game.

“Good, young British footballers are a dying breed,” warned

Redknapp. “We’re seeing more and more foreign players and foreign

owners.

“Soon it will come to the point where every Premier League

club has foreign players and owners. They come from a background

where they are all winners but the problem is that there can only

be one winner.

“The standard of kids is not as strong as in the past as

there are so many different things for them to do. In my day we

only played football.

“We need to improve recruitment. There’s not a massive amount

of talent around in this country but it’s still out there. Nothing

gives you more pleasure than seeing them come right through the

youth policy. They have real feelings for the club.”

Redknapp’s fear over the future of England’s next generation

of stars was mirrored by his concern for the national team.

The Spurs boss believes England, under Fabio Capello, have a

great squad capable of winning the World Cup for the first time

since 1966. But he worries for England’s chances for 2014.

“We’ve got a great chance of winning the World Cup but after

this group of players I’m not so sure that the future looks good,”

said Redknapp.

“If we don’t win the World Cup, I’m sure that Fabio Capello

will get slaughtered. He’s about the only manager not to have

suffered abuse.”