Redknapp criticises pre-season international friendlies
Redknapp led Tottenham to fourth in the Premier League last season
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has criticised the timing of forthcoming international friendlies as the start of the 2010-11 season approaches.
England face Hungary in one of several internationals scheduled for 11 August, just three days before the start of the new Premier League campaign.
"Can someone tell me why you have an international game the same week the season is starting?" asked Redknapp.
A Football Association spokesman said the match dates were set by Fifa.
After a hugely disappointing 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, England manager Fabio Capello has the Hungary game in which to assess his options ahead of the start of qualification for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
Capello's men kick off their bid to reach the Euro 2012 finals against Bulgaria at Wembley on 3 September before travelling to Switzerland on 7 September.
"It's an international date set by Fifa, and many other countries are also preparing for qualifiers," an FA spokesman told BBC Sport.
"If we weren't to have a friendly in August with two qualifiers ahead, we would be criticised - especially as there may well be some new faces in the squad."
But Redknapp said the decision to stage friendlies just before the start of the season, and only a month after the end of the World Cup, was not helpful for players or managers in the club game.
"They've just been away together to the World Cup. They're probably sick of the sight of each other," added Redknapp, who will lead his side into the qualifying rounds of the Champions League for the first time.
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