Taylor Is Happy With Progress - Redknapp Is NOT!

Last updated : 16 October 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Steven Taylor: "There is no one better to have in your dressing room than Stuart Pearce.

"He has that aura about him."

"He might frighten some people when he talks. But when he does, the lads listen.

"He just gets so much respect from people.

"When you are playing in the Premier League, sometimes you see managers barking instructions but players don't really listen.

"When your manager is Stuart Pearce, it is amazing how many heads turn.

"He knows what the game is all about and that experience is being passed on to us.

"We all look up to him. Who better could you have to learn from."

However ... Harry Redknapp does not believe England Under-21s are up to standard - despite their 27-match unbeaten run.

Stuart Pearce's youngsters booked their place in next summer's European Championships finals with a nervy 2-2 draw against Wales on Tuesday, handing them a 5-4 aggregate victory.

But despite remaining undefeated over 90 minutes since losing in France almost three years ago, Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager, does not believe the current crop have the quality to to become full international stars.

Redknapp: "While we roar on to the 2010 finals in South Africa, there is a more worrying situation happening immediately beneath the top level.

"England's Under-21 team are not producing what they should - despite qualifying for their Euro 2009 finals.

"On paper, everyone is celebrating the 5-4 aggregate win over Wales, secured at Villa Park on Tuesday. But I look through that young Lions team and I see good players, but no-one outstanding.

"I don't see our next David Beckham or (Wayne) Rooney. No-one dazzles.

"Yes, they are through to the finals next summer. But the Under-21s is all about fine-tuning players for the national team.

"In the end, England got through courtesy of an own goal after Wales absolutely battered them."