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BEN ON SPURS START

Posted on 4 June 2007  - 12:00

Ben Alnwick believes his first six months at the Club has been a valuable learning experience and one that will stand him in good stead for the future.

Ben Alnwick believes his first six months at the Club has been a valuable learning experience and one that will stand him in good stead for the future.The 20-year-old shotstopper was signed from Sunderland at the start of the January transfer window and he emphasised that the quality of playing staff around him has helped to up his game.

“The first six months have been good and I feel an improvement in myself,” said Ben. “Working with the likes of Robbo is a massive step up for me and obviously it has helped me, while Hans is a great coach.”

“It is completely different to what I was used to because I’m now training with world-class players like Keano and that has got to improve you. I could never have imagined this a year ago.”

Next on the agenda for Ben is a trip to the Netherlands as part of England’s Under-21 European Championship squad, along with fellow Spurs players Tom Huddlestone and Wayne Routledge.

The former Sunderland man is confident Stuart Pearce’s team can do well at the championships, while he will most likely be rooming with a familiar face, although he doesn’t appear to get much of an opportunity to ever talk to him!

“I’ll probably be rooming with Tom, which is good because he is one of my best mates at the Club. I knew him before I came here through the Under-21 setup, as well as Aaron because I have played against him since I was young and he has scored a few past me.

“Tom’s a good roommate but I’m going to have to stitch him up here because he is on the phone a lot and always texting, which makes it hard to get a conversation out of him!

“There’s even been times when I think he’s been talking to me and just as I am about to answer I realise he is talking to someone on the phone. It happens all the time.

“It will be a great experience going out to Holland for a big tournament, and I think with the quality of squad that we have, there is no reason that we can’t go all the way and win it.”

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