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Andre's praise for Caulker

Posted on 15 November 2012  - 14:27

Andre Villas-Boas paid tribute to Steven Caulker after the young defender made a goalscoring full debut for England in Sweden on Wednesday night.

Andre's praise for Caulker

At 20 years, 321 days, Steven became the club's third-youngest full England cap and when he converted Steven Gerrard's free-kick, he took Jermain Defoe's record of the youngest Spurs player to score for the Three Lions.

That goal put Roy Hodgson's men 2-1 up at the Friends Arena and Steven was eventually substituted in the 74th minute with the scoreline the same.

It soon changed though as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the 78th, 82nd and 91st minutes to complete an incredible four-goal show and a 4-2 win for Sweden.

Steven has started our last six matches in the Premier League. "It’s a big achievement for Steven," said Andre. "He’s taking everything on board, he’s very calm and it was great to see him out there.

"He’s made a great breakthrough in coming into the side after his loan at Swansea (last season) and now England, at such a young age, that is massive for him.

"I think the country sees him as having the potential to be one of the best and hopefully that doesn’t put too much pressure on him as he continues to develop his game.

"He faces tough competition but he was patient, waited for his opportunity and that came in the game against Lazio. He's done extremely well for us so far."

CAULKER'S ENGLAND STATS

Youngest Spurs player to be capped by full England team:

Aaron Lennon - 19 years, 48 days v Jamiaca, June 3, 2006
Jimmy Dimmock - 20 years, 125 days v Scotland, April 9, 1921
Steven Caulker - 20 years, 321 days v Sweden, November 14, 2012

Youngest Spurs player to score in full England international:

Steven Caulker - 20 years, 321 days v Sweden, November 14, 2012
Jermain Defoe - 21 years, 337 days v Poland, September 4, 2004
Paul Gascoigne - 21 years, 340 days v Albania, April 26, 1989

Spurs players to score on their debut for senior England team:

VJ Woodward v Ireland, 1903
Bill Nicholson v Portugal, 1951
Johnny Brooks v Wales, 1956
Bobby Smith v Northern Ireland, 1960
Glenn Hoddle v Bulgaria, 1979
Steven Caulker v Sweden, 2012