Jamie Redknapp

Jamie Redknapp is a former English midfielder who was born on 25th June 1973 in Barton on Sea. He is the son of former Saints and Pompey manager Harry Redknapp, as well as the cousin of Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. Jamie trained with Tottenham as a youngster, but signed professional terms with Bournemouth as a 16 year old under father Harry who as manager at Dean Court. He made his debut in 1990, and went on to make 13 appearances for the Cherries. Redknapp was a very gifted player, with an excellent range of passing. He also possessed a mean shot and was always a threat when taking set pieces.

In January 1991 Redknapp signed for Liverpool for £350,000, shortly before Kenny Dalglish resigned as manager. He made his league debut for the Reds under Graeme Souness on 7th December 1991, scoring in a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Redknapp was a bit part player during 1991/92, but received plenty of opportunities the following campaign. He scored in a 2-1 win over Chelsea on 5th September 1992, and also netted in a 5-1 defeat at Coventry on 19th December 1992, a game in which he was also sent off. By 1993/94 Redknapp had established himself as a first team regular at Anfield. He picked up a League Cup winners medal in 1995 under new boss Roy Evans. He won his first England cap on 6th September 1995 in a 0-0 draw with Colombia at Wembley, a game most remembered for Rene Higuita's scorpion kick (Which came from a Redknapp cross).

Redknapp and some of his fellow young teammates were branded "Spice Boys" during the mid-nineties for their off pitch party lifestyle. Despite the criticism, he enjoyed a fairly successful time on the field. Redknapp helped a white suit wearing Liverpool side reach the 1996 FA Cup final, which they lost 1-0 to a late Eric Cantona goal. He was part of England's Euro 1996 squad that reached the semi-finals under Terry Venables. Redknapp was also a member of the exciting Liverpool team that narrowly missed out on the title in 1996/97. By this time he was beginning to suffer a number of injury problems that would go on to plague the rest of his career. He missed the 1998 World Cup after getting hurt against Coventry on April 19th 1998.

Redknapp returned to form during 1998/99 for a Liverpool side now managed by Gerard Houllier, scoring 10 times in 45 matches, including one in a 2-2 draw with bitter rivals Manchester United. On 10th October 1999 he scored his first and only England goal in a 2-1 win against Belgium at The Stadium of Light. Redknapp missed nearly four months of the 1999/2000 season through injury. The following campaign he didn't play a single game, undergoing knee surgery in the United States. Captain Redknapp was invited by his teammates to lift the FA Cup in 2001, a year which also saw the club pick up the League Cup and UEFA Cup. He made his playing comeback on 18th August 2001 in a 2-1 win over West Ham, but only went on to play a few more games for the Reds. After scoring in a 2-0 win at Charlton on 27th October 2001, Redknapp made his final appearance for the club three days later in a Champions League win over Dortmund.

Redknapp signed for Glenn Hoddle's Tottenham on a free transfer in July 2002. He enjoyed a successful start at White Hart Lane, scoring his first goal in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa on 24th August 2002, a week after his debut at Everton. Redknapp also scored a last minute winner against Blackburn at Ewood Park on 6th October 2002. He suffered yet another injury in December 2002, which kept him out until May 2003. Redknapp had yet another stop start season in 2003/04 as Tottenham struggled at the wrong end of the table. He scored in a 2-2 draw with rivals Arsenal on 25th April 2004, the day the Gunners clinched the title at White Hart Lane. Redknapp started well for Spurs during 2004/05, but soon found himself featuring on the bench more often as new faces arrived.

In January 2005 Redknapp signed for Southampton, who were managed by dad Harry. He made his debut in a 3-3 draw with Fulham on January 5th, and scored in a 3-1 FA Cup win at Northampton three days later. Redknapp added a touch of class to the Saints midfield, and his passing ability gave the team something that wasn't there previously. Despite usually performing well, Redknapp couldn't stop the club from being relegated in May 2005. He later admitted he found it tough to get through matches at time, saying "When I ran, it was like a knife was being plunged into my knee". It's a credit to Redknapp that he still managed to perform to a fairly high standard given his condition. He hung up his boots in the summer of 2005.

Since retiring from football Redknapp has worked as a leading pundit for Sky Sports. He married former pop star and Eternal singer Louise Nurding in 1998.

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