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Ciaran's in Tone!

Posted on 16 October 2000  - 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).

Ciaran Toner is back with a bang.<P class=MsoNormal>The young defender was laid low by injury in pre-season but celebrated his return to fitness with a call-up to the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad.<P class=MsoNormal>Toner, just 19, played in both European Championship qualifying matches against Denmark, a 3-0 defeat in Belfast before a memorable 5-2 win in Iceland &mdash&#59; a record for the national side at that level.<P class=MsoNormal>Toner was delighted to heed the call. He said: &ldquo&#59;I&rsquo&#59;m still only young, just 19, so I&rsquo&#59;ve still got a few years to go in the Under-21s. It was nice to be called up for the international team.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;We played Denmark in Belfast, didn&rsquo&#59;t do too well, lost 3-0 and had a man sent off in the first half, so it was always going to be tough.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;But we then went to Iceland and had a great result, won 5-2, we&rsquo&#59;re second in the group and we&rsquo&#59;re in a good position.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>In his fourth season at Spurs, Toner is now concentrating on his number one aim &mdash&#59; to make the big break into George Graham&rsquo&#59;s first team plans.<P class=MsoNormal>He added: &ldquo&#59;I got injured in the first pre-season game so it&rsquo&#59;s good to be back and playing again firstly for the reserves and then hopefully to push on into the first-team squad.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;That&rsquo&#59;s not easy at all. There are a lot of young players coming through now and we&rsquo&#59;ve made a few signings.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;It is always going to be tough making that step from reserve team the first team but if I keep working hard I&rsquo&#59;m doing myself as much favours as I can.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;You have to have the belief. If you didn&rsquo&#59;t have that you wouldn&rsquo&#59;t get anywhere. My main aim is to push into the first team.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal><A href="http://www.spurs.co.uk/news/ram/ct001016.ram">To listen to Ciaran's thoughts, click here</A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>