German stars think Redknapp was the man to lead England, not Hodgson
Even though Germany are not in England’s group this summer at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, the mind games appear to have started as some of the biggest stars of German football expressed their shock at Roy Hodgson’s appointment this week.
German stars appeared bewildered at the FA’s decision to appoint Hodgson ahead of media-favourite Harry Redknapp.
Leading the shock was Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, German captain Philip Lahm and the Munich manager Jupp Heynckes.
Schweinsteiger said “the work Redknapp has done at Tottenham is perfect. The other one, I don’t know.
“I hope he will bring the national team of England back to the top because it is a footballing nation and England should be one of the top teams in the world.”
When prompted about whether he has even heard of Roy Hodgson, Schweinsteiger replied yes, but conceded that “I can’t tell you anything about what he’s like with player, or how he trains them.
“I’ve heard more about Harry Redknapp because, with Tottenham, he played really good football, especially in the Champions League last season.”
Furthermore, Bayern Munich manager Heynckes, who prepares to face Chelsea this month in the Champions League final, revealed he knows little of the new England boss, while criticising the FA for the time to took to make the appointment.
“I cannot imagine that this delay would happen in Germany. Absolutely not because we have a totally different mentality.
“They would’ve sorted it out way, way before.”
Heynckes went on to discuss how he heard top England stars such as Manchester United pair Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney publically endorsed the potential appointment of Spurs boss, Redknapp.
“I’ve followed the discussions and heard the opinions of the national team players and they would have preferred the Tottenham manager.
“But as often with national associations, they don’t listen.
“To be the manager of the English national team is not that easy. What do I know? Maybe there were difficulties, or problems with Redknapp.”
Although admitting to not knowing much about Roy Hodgson, Bayern and Germany national captain Philip Lahm said it was “very, very important they (the FA) made a decision and that there is a manager in place now.
“You need training sessions before a big tournament like the European Championships and the weeks just before a tournament are very important when the team is together.”
The trio’s comments come just over two weeks before the Champions League final versus Chelsea in Munich, and maybe their comments should be more focused towards Chelsea than the issue of the new England manager.