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Chris on half-ton Ted

Posted on 20 June 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).

Chris Hughton examines the influence that 50-cap striker Teddy Sheringham is exerting on England's World Cup campaign...

IF I LOOK at the substitutes that Eriksson is bringing on, you can see the value he places in Teddy.

He seems to know the right moments to bring him on, when he needs that little bit of maturity on the pitch or just to change things a little bit. I can see him continuing to do this with Ted.

With the exception of when Robbie Fowler was drafted in against Denmark when England were 3-0 up, Ted certainly appears to be first change in Eriksson's mind. I think this is because he is a little bit different, particularly as he can affect things in those last 20-25 minutes.

He has shown this. Not only has he given them that wonderful link play between midfield and the front, he has also had opportunities for goals. There is not one time when he has come on that he hasn't had the chance to score. So I think, at the moment, he is the number one choice to come on as sub.

Ted winning 50 caps is testament to how people see him. He is a wonderful player and he is also playing in a position where there has been an abundance of great players, going back as far as Ian Wright and even Andy Cole - who some people felt was unfairly treated.

There were lots of good players in that position, so Teddy has had a lot to battle against. To come through it and come this far he has done ever so well.

Teddy appears to be much more popular now for England than maybe he was in his younger days. I put this down to the maturity that shows in his game and I think the years he had at United might have helped - he scored important goals in big games.

I think people have grown with Teddy because he is different. If he was a lightening quick centre forward coming on for the last 20 minutes to change things with his pace with the ball over the top - possibly we've seen that before.

Teddy is different to anybody else that is around.

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