Redknapp charges England to go for victory and a clean sheet against ageing Sweden
18:30 GMT, 12 June 2012
Harry Redknapp believes nothing short of three points will suffice for England in their second Euro 2012 Group D match with Sweden on Friday.
Redknapp, a frontrunner for the national team job until the Football Association appointed Roy Hodgson last month, believes an ageing Sweden side should pose few problems for England.
The Tottenham boss highlighted Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a threat but believes a lack of talent around the striker means England should not lose too much sleep against a side that began their European Championship campaign with a 2-1 defeat to co-hosts Ukraine.
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'We all know about Zlatan Ibrahimovic but there's not that much quality around him,' Redknapp told Betfair.
Anders Svensson played for me at Southampton and he's 35 now! He came on for half an hour last night, while Olof Mellberg, 34, played all 90 minutes.
I'm not sure what Jonas Olsson was doing on the bench, he's a player I really like for West Brom and I don't think he'd have been caught out like Mellberg was for Ukraine's first goal.
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'There's not enough talent in the Swedish line-up and I think England have to go for the win from the second game in Group D.'
Redknapp also was also full of praise for England's performance in their 1-1 draw against France in Donetsk last night.
'I particularly liked what I saw at the back, especially Glen Johnson, who got forward plenty of times and looked a real danger,' added the 65-year-old.
'The five are a good unit and I back them to keep a clean sheet against the Swedish attack.'