Harry challenges players

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HARRY REDKNAPP today challenged his shadow side: Make me play you.

The Pompey boss lauded the strength and depth of his squad as he prepared to make 11 changes for tonight's Carling Cup clash with Burnley.

Redknapp has promised to make wholesale switches from the side who delivered their first away win in nine months at Blackburn on Sunday.

But the Blues manager believes he can now make a complete overhaul without drastically reducing the quality of his team.

Redknapp insisted Pompey are taking the game seriously despite the promise of the turnaround.

It's a world away from the days when the Londoner would bemoan his lack of options.

He even became known for his 'bare bones' catchphrase as he weighed up his injury list.

The likes of Pedro Mendes, David Nugent, Noe Pamarot, Richard Hughes and Djimi Traore all look certain to come in.

And Linvoy Primus is set for his first start of the season after his summer knee operation.

Redknapp wants them to stake a claim for a part in the run of Premier League games coming up.

He said: 'These boys are good enough to play. It's not as if they are poor players.

'So they are going to get their chance to show me what they can do.

'Pedro Mendes wasn't even on the bench against Blackburn and he's a terrific player.

'We had two forwards, Matt Taylor and Pamarot on the bench, so we will go to Burnley and give players like that a go.

'I have brought all the squad north. Everyone who is fit at the club is here.

'They are all here hanging around all week.

'They are all good lads so I need to give them all a game.

'They've got enough about them to do the job and show me what they can do.'

Redknapp dismissed the impact of two games in 48 hours for his team.

He thought the number of switches he was set to make made that an irrelevance, Redknapp (left) said: 'It's a tight turnaround but I'm going to give the other lads a game so it's no big deal.

'It's swings and roundabouts, really, because it gives you another day before we play Reading on Saturday.'