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Boss salutes the rise of Beattie

Posted on 19 September 2003  - 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).

Glenn Hoddle has saluted the progress of his former pupil James Beattie ahead of the striker's visit to the Lane with Southampton on Saturday.

The powerful frontman first really came to prominence during Glenn's spell on the South Coast when, after receiving a first team call-up, struck ten goals in as many games during the 2000-01 season.

He has since become recognised as one of the most dangerous English-born strikers in the game and has been capped for England now on three occasions.

The boss is delighted to see one of his former players make so good and paid tribute to the work ethic and willingness to learn that Beattie possesses.

"It's terrific," said Glenn. "He's a lovely lad who works ever so hard and I'm delighted to see that he has got into the England squad.

"He has improved year after year and when I was there he was a pleasure to work with. What James has as a great attribute is an understanding of what you are looking for and an ability to implement it.

"He came on leaps and bounds and has continued to do that - when a player has got that capacity you've got a good player. James is certainly proving to be one of the top four or five strikers in the country.

"When I first arrived there, he would be the first to admit, he hadn't had the best of times and there were a few things he had to improve on. I told him that and he responded as a pro should and really worked hard.

"We worked with him, he appreciated that and improved, got in the team and I think he scored something like 10 in 10 games. It was good to see and I'm pleased to see him improve as a player.

"I just don't want to see him do so well on Saturday!"