’Arry: Jake will make it for Eng­land

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY MARCH 8 -

HARRY REDKNAPP is con­vinced that Tot­ten­ham’s ris­ing star Jake Liver­more has all the mak­ings of an Eng­land in­ter­na­tional of the fu­ture.

In­juries to San­dro and Tom Hud­dle­stone at the start of the sea­son meant Liver­more was thrust into first-team ac­tion ahead of sched­ule and the 22-year-old has not looked back since.

Liver­more’s only pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence of first-team foot­ball at Spurs came in the form of a one-minute cameo against Stoke in 2010 and a Car­ling Cup start against Arse­nal, but he has played 29 games this sea­son – 17 of which have been starts. Spurs boss Redknapp has talked reg­u­larly over the last few years about how dis­ap­pointed he is that so few of the club’s academy prod­ucts have gone on to be­come first­team reg­u­lars and star at in­ter­na­tional level.

Led­ley King is the only player who has ful­filled that am­bi­tion in re­cent years, but Redknapp is sure that Liver­more can fol­low in his cap­tain’s foot­steps.

“Liver­more could be an Eng­land man,” said Redknapp.

Abil­ity

“The sky is the limit for Jake. His at­ti­tude is so good. He wants to get to the top and when you have that type of at­ti­tude there is no rea­son why he can’t do it.”

Liver­more showed ma­tu­rity be­yond his years to com­mand Spurs mid­field against a Man United team in­clud­ing Michael Car­rick and Paul Sc­holes on Sun­day.

The En­field-born mid­fielder was shipped out on loan no fewer than five times be­fore mov­ing up to the first team, and Redknapp ad­mits his pre­de­ces­sors thought Liver­more was a lost cause.

“Some peo­ple were tend­ing to write him off, but when I came here from day one I found him to be a fan­tas­tic boy.”

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