AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith: Tottenham Hotspur stars never spoke of England drop out

Bournemouth Echo: PROUD TO PLAY: AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith (right) pictured during his time at Tottenham Hotspur PROUD TO PLAY: AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith (right) pictured during his time at Tottenham Hotspur

EX-TOTTENHAM defender Adam Smith has revealed his shock over Harry Redknapp's allegations that senior England players had ducked international duty.

The former Cherries manager, now in charge at QPR, instigated a bitter row with claims that English players had asked him to get them out of call-ups during his three-and-a-half year tenure at Spurs.

Cherries right-back Smith came through the youth ranks at White Hart Lane and was on the fringes of the first-team under Redknapp in a career punctuated by seven loan moves - including a successful stint at Dean Court during 2010-11.

The 23-year-old received 11 caps for England under-21s having represented his country at each age group from under-16s prior to a permanent switch to Dorset in January.

Ahead of the Three Lions' academic World Cup Group D clash with Coasta Rica tonight (5pm BST), skipper Steven Gerrard and boss Roy Hodgson called for Redknapp to name and shame the players in question, a request he refused.

However, Smith insisted he had never experienced negative attitudes towards England during his time in North London and that he could not envisage professionals shying away from international football.

Smith told the Daily Echo: “I couldn't comment on individuals but I never got the vibe (at Spurs) that people didn't want to play for their country. I definitely never heard anybody talking like that.

“Wherever I have been, whether players had been picked for England or other countries, I never got the impression that people did not want to go and, to be honest, I could not imagine anybody not looking forward to it. 

“The satisfaction of getting that call up, knowing you're doing well enough to get in the England team, I just don't understand how anyone would not want that. I can't get my head round it.

“To be picked ahead of everybody else is such a great achievement, it shows you are recognised as one of the best players in your country. Even at under-16s level it is a great feeling and I am still very proud of it.”

 

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7:48am Tue 24 Jun 14

Eddie's dog says...

"........ was on the fringes of the first-team under Redknapp ...............", not sure the ' first-teamers' would be that close to a youngster ...........
plus Harry does not lie!
"........ was on the fringes of the first-team under Redknapp ...............", not sure the ' first-teamers' would be that close to a youngster ........... plus Harry does not lie! Eddie's dog
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8:27am Tue 24 Jun 14

alanrr says...

'arry didn't speak to you about it, the players spoke to 'arry..........and as in first comment 'arry doesn't lie........if he says his dog has a bank account then it must be so
'arry didn't speak to you about it, the players spoke to 'arry..........and as in first comment 'arry doesn't lie........if he says his dog has a bank account then it must be so alanrr
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9:36am Tue 24 Jun 14

Noel. says...

Hmmmm, as it says "fringes of the first team" and "seven loan moves" so I am also not convinced was that close to the players allegedly making these comments.

I think there are a number of players who regard playing for England as a distracting chore. There was a Liverpool defender (can't remember his name) who said that he wasn't particularly bothered about playing for England and was quoted in a newspaper as saying that when England lost it was annoying but it really hurt when Liverpool lost.

Although I am wary of believing everything that Harry Redknapp says I think there is some substance in his remarks.
Hmmmm, as it says "fringes of the first team" and "seven loan moves" so I am also not convinced was that close to the players allegedly making these comments. I think there are a number of players who regard playing for England as a distracting chore. There was a Liverpool defender (can't remember his name) who said that he wasn't particularly bothered about playing for England and was quoted in a newspaper as saying that when England lost it was annoying but it really hurt when Liverpool lost. Although I am wary of believing everything that Harry Redknapp says I think there is some substance in his remarks. Noel.
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10:00am Tue 24 Jun 14

devon fan says...

Harry has to have his say on every subject as he is entitled, but when challenged is never able to provide the backup to prove is point
Harry has to have his say on every subject as he is entitled, but when challenged is never able to provide the backup to prove is point devon fan
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12:25pm Tue 24 Jun 14

UptonRes says...

I think Harry's comments were taken a little off the mark myself. If Spurs had a fixture like Arsenal at the weekend and that player was expected to go to a friendly away fixture against say the Faroe Islands (nothing against them) then the player might be reluctant to go. I dare say the manager would be reluctant for the player to go as well in case of picking up an injury. I'm sure every player would treat it as an honour to play for their country, as Adam says it means you have been recognised as playing well for your club. Friendlies are one thing and are a chance for new players to gain experience or managers to try new tactics. Just my view...
I think Harry's comments were taken a little off the mark myself. If Spurs had a fixture like Arsenal at the weekend and that player was expected to go to a friendly away fixture against say the Faroe Islands (nothing against them) then the player might be reluctant to go. I dare say the manager would be reluctant for the player to go as well in case of picking up an injury. I'm sure every player would treat it as an honour to play for their country, as Adam says it means you have been recognised as playing well for your club. Friendlies are one thing and are a chance for new players to gain experience or managers to try new tactics. Just my view... UptonRes
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12:27pm Tue 24 Jun 14

nonnogeppetto says...

"players had ducked international duty"

I have to say that the quality of football skills demonstrated by players from countries such as Chile, Costa Rica and others, regarded by the media as 'lower rated', make us look more like a pub team than World Class if that is translated into 'players ducking international duties' so be it but something need to change and fast. Maybe it should start with the amount of money thrown at footballers!!!
"players had ducked international duty" I have to say that the quality of football skills demonstrated by players from countries such as Chile, Costa Rica and others, regarded by the media as 'lower rated', make us look more like a pub team than World Class if that is translated into 'players ducking international duties' so be it but something need to change and fast. Maybe it should start with the amount of money thrown at footballers!!! nonnogeppetto
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1:08pm Tue 24 Jun 14

bogtrotter says...

Yet another unsubstantiated yarn from Arry to get some pointless publicity. The players eligible to play for England (and potentially good enough to earn a cap at that time) in his Spurs reign are as follows; Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Dawson, Defoe, King, Woodgate, Walker, Crouch, Parker. The only 2 from that list that would ever have asked not to play would've been King or Woodgate because of their constant injury struggles. Ledley King was always open with England managers so they knew he could not train and was deliberately left out of most squads. In a nutshell, Arry is talking utter cr*p as per usual.
Yet another unsubstantiated yarn from Arry to get some pointless publicity. The players eligible to play for England (and potentially good enough to earn a cap at that time) in his Spurs reign are as follows; Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Dawson, Defoe, King, Woodgate, Walker, Crouch, Parker. The only 2 from that list that would ever have asked not to play would've been King or Woodgate because of their constant injury struggles. Ledley King was always open with England managers so they knew he could not train and was deliberately left out of most squads. In a nutshell, Arry is talking utter cr*p as per usual. bogtrotter
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3:10pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Wackerone says...

It's not a secret that Ryan Giggs was always reluctant to play for Wales. He's just one classic example. And then there are the players unfit for international duty but magically fit a few days later for a Saturday club game.
It's not a secret that Ryan Giggs was always reluctant to play for Wales. He's just one classic example. And then there are the players unfit for international duty but magically fit a few days later for a Saturday club game. Wackerone
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4:57pm Tue 24 Jun 14

holdinkæft says...

Wackerone wrote:
It's not a secret that Ryan Giggs was always reluctant to play for Wales. He's just one classic example. And then there are the players unfit for international duty but magically fit a few days later for a Saturday club game.
Fergi was great at telling his players what to do.
[quote][p][bold]Wackerone[/bold] wrote: It's not a secret that Ryan Giggs was always reluctant to play for Wales. He's just one classic example. And then there are the players unfit for international duty but magically fit a few days later for a Saturday club game.[/p][/quote]Fergi was great at telling his players what to do. holdinkæft
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12:17pm Wed 25 Jun 14

bogtrotter says...

Amazed my previous comment got a -3 score for stating absolute fact. Are there Arry lovers on here after what he did to your club? Very strange if so considering it's taken them nearly 25 years to get back to where they should be.
Amazed my previous comment got a -3 score for stating absolute fact. Are there Arry lovers on here after what he did to your club? Very strange if so considering it's taken them nearly 25 years to get back to where they should be. bogtrotter
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