Date: 13th June 2008 at 10:17am
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If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire… Lassana Diarra – or something along those lines anyway!

France stand on ‘the brink of elimination’ from Euro 2008, and with them tonight having to face a Dutch side that are looking absolutely fantastic they will have to produce something special. The man to ‘save them’ according to Harry Redknapp is Pompey’s own Diarra.

He spent the entire 90 minutes of the dour 0-0 draw with Romania on the bench but Redknapp feels that Raymond Domenech can earn a stay of execution if he recalls the midfielder to inject some life into a stale side: ‘I thought the French were disappointing against Romania.

‘They have top players but they didn’t seem to have any energy.

‘There was no one who went out and made it happen. There was no-one to go out and grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

‘I’d like to see Lassana given a go. We know what he can do and I think he could drive France forward.

‘I think he is exactly the type of player they are crying out for. I wouldn’t write the French off after one defeat.

‘But I think Lassana Diarra should be playing for them.’

Having watched that French game I think Diarra would certainly add something to their midfield that they were lacking, so I too would recall him – but on the other hand, and in all honesty as I do not care if the French get knocked out, if he does not play he cannot impress ‘potential suitors’ can he…

Redknapp is tipping one from Holland, Spain, Portugal or Germany to win – whilst Germany ‘should’ still qualify it is not impossible to think they ‘might’ go home early… Holland and Spain looked really impressive in their opening games, so they are a good shout but I am sticking to my tip of Croatia!

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