Tottenham news – Modric rejects Barca links, Lampard backs Redknapp for England, Hoddle warns against comedown

Lampard backs Redknapp for England.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has backed Spurs boss Harry Redknapp to become the next England manager.

Lampard told The Sun that his uncle Harry is the best man for the job: “Harry’s the best choice. For me, it’s got to be him,” he said.

Redknapp has long been linked with the vacancy, and has recently spoken out claiming that English managers are as good as foreign coaches, saying “These new owners come in, they see a sexy name; someone who’s been a famous player or famous manager somewhere, and they bring them into England and think they can do the job. But it doesn’t necessarily work.”

Redknapp used Jose Mourinho as an example, stating his belief that the Portuguese would have struggled to get Blackpool 13 points already this season as has been achieved by Englishman Ian Holloway.

Modric rejects Barca links.

Midfielder Luka Modric has stated that despite being flattered by talking linking him with a move to Catalan giants Barcelona, he is very happy at Spurs.

According to Imscouting.com, the Croatian international also added that his plans for the future are at White Hart Lane, and has a contract which runs until the end of the 2013/14 season.

His value of around €15M-20M would be unlikely to put off Barca, but Modric told Croatian sports daily Sportske novosti: “These are unfounded allegations and I don’t know whose interests they serve. I like being placed in that context, in the context of a player who can play the best club in the world. But on the other hand we must be realistic and know that they are only exaggerations by the press. The only truth is that I recently extended my contract with Tottenham, I am very happy in London. I see I am respected at this club and I have the support of the fans.”

Hoddle warns against comedown.

Former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle has warned them of a potential European comedown. Following on from the impressive 3-1 victory over European champs Inter earlier this week, Harry Redknapp’s men must travel to a tough away match at Bolton today, and it is their approach to games like these, Hoddle says, which will define the season.

Speaking to FIFA.com, Hoddle said: “It’s the emotional and mental effects rather than the physical ones that are the main issue. The coming down side of things was where we always had problems during my time at Tottenham, and most teams in the Champions League find that’s why you need a big, strong squad. Dealing with this is key to preventing their Premier League results faltering while they’re still in the Europe. But if you want to play in the Champions League with the big boys you need to have a squad that can cope with that.”

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