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Morrison is the best player since Gazza, says Clark

ESPN staff
March 9, 2014
Ravel Morrison spent a season playing under Birmingham City boss Lee Clark © PA Photos

Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has branded former Manchester United starlet Ravel Morrison the best footballer since Paul Gascoigne.

Morrison, who is on loan at Championship side Queens Park Rangers from West Ham, scored twice to secure all three points for Harry Redknapp's side in their 2-0 win against Birmingham on Saturday.

The 21-year-old spent last season playing under Clark and his former manager admitted he would like to see him included in England's squad for the World Cup this summer.

"He is the best footballer since Paul Gascoigne," Clark told BBC Sport. "If Paul Gascoigne had not done his knee he would have become the best player in the world.

"I played with Paul. I grew up with Paul. The only thing is that Ravel doesn't know who Paul Gascoigne is!

"[Morrison] has the pace of a wide-man. He has the balance but plays in the middle of the pitch because he can manoeuvre the ball. Ravel can score goals, as we have seen. It is what is between the ears with him and he knows about this problem.

"He now has a perfect manager because Harry Redknapp loves those type of players. Ravel can change games and I thought he was a class act against Birmingham.

"I was hoping that he would continue doing it for West Ham because I would love to see him on that plane to Brazil. He would certainly be capable of doing something for England coming off the bench for 10 minutes in any environment."

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