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Anderton on England

Posted on 31 May 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Darren Anderton says navigating a safe route through the group stage is England's primary World Cup concern - after that, he feels they could do very well.

Of course, Sweden, Argentina and Nigeria stand between England and reaching that objective and Darren says that reaching the knock-out stages is where the team could come into their own.

"I think they've got a good chance, the main thing is to try and get through the group stage," said Darren, a star of the last World Cup. "Once you do that every game becomes a one-off and I think, in those sort of games, we could do very well.

"It won't be an easy group to get out of but, if we do that, we've got every chance to doing well."

Darren is well placed to know what is required in the cauldron like atmosphere of tournament football, where national expectations are high and the pressure is on.

"It's definitely different and is a great thing to be part of, that's for sure," he explained.

"You've got to go there and play, be patient, play good football and keep the ball.

"If we can do that, which is what teams like Argentina and Nigeria do against us, it is a case of not giving the ball away - especially in that heat. We have the players who can do that and I'm sure we'll do well."

So which one player is key to England's fortunes?

"I think Scholes will be one," he added. "He is obviously a good player for us. I think if he plays well, he makes the runs, gets the goals and I think he is the one I would pick out."