Harry: Semis shouldn’t be at Wembley

Redknapp’s Spurs side take on his former club Portsmouth in

Sunday’s second last-four encounter at the national stadium. The FA

have played the semis at Wembley since 2008 in a bid to raise extra

funds to offset the estimated £900million cost of the stadium.

Redknapp finds this disappointing, telling the London Evening

Standard: “I was there with Portsmouth two years ago and it was

great to get two trips to Wembley. When you are involved in it, you

take it. “But over the years, when you are talking about the FA

Cup, I would still prefer the semi-finals to be played at neutral

grounds. “You certainly don’t want to lose in the semi-finals when

they’re played at Wembley. It’s okay being there but you don’t want

to get beaten, especially when you are the favourites, as we were

with Portsmouth in 2008. “We had beaten Manchester United in the

quarter-finals and we were the only Premier League club left in the

competition, so there was undoubtedly pressure on us to beat West

Brom on that day.”