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Redknapp backs new strike pairing

Harry Redknapp
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Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp said he expects Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch to be a successful partnership.

The strikers have trained and played together during a week-long pre-season tour in Nigeria and South Africa.

Redknapp told BBC Radio Solent: "I'm sure they will do well together, they are an ideal pairing really so I am looking forward to having them playing.

"In other positions I think we look a bit under-strength in all honesty but up front we look good."

Crouch signed for Pompey from Liverpool for 11m earlier this month and made his first appearance alongside his England colleague in a pre-season friendly against Bournemouth.

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