Gerrard denies Redknapp ‘text’ claims

Steven Gerrard has denied claims that he sent a text message backing Harry Redknapp for the England job before Roy Hodgson was appointed, BBC Sport understands.

The Liverpool skipper has said that he doesn’t have Redknapp’s personal number, but admitted that he did contact his former teammate, and Redknapp’s son Jamie giving his support should the current Queens Park Rangers manager, who was favourite to be appointed at the time, get the nod.

Gerrard went on to say that he gave his full backing to Roy Hodgson once he was installed as the national coach, speaking highly of the 66 year old, who he had previously worked with at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Joe Allen is expecting to have recovered from injury in time to be considered for selection when the Reds face Newcastle United a week on Saturday, according to the Mirror.

The Wales international has been out of action since he sustained a hamstring injury in the League Cup victory over Notts County back in August.
Finally, former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has announced his retirement from professional football, Sky Sports understands.

Murphy made 249 appearances for the Reds between 1997 and 2004, and played a key-part in the successful 200/01 campaign that saw the club win the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup.

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