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Gardner growing in stature

Posted on 19 August 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).

Glenn Hoddle reckons defensive giant Anthony Gardner is growing in stature by the game.

The young centre-back started 10 of our last 11 games last season and picked up where he left off for our Premiership opener at Everton on Saturday.

He handled the physcial threat of Kevin Campbell, kept Wayne Rooney at distance and, as always, looked comfortable on the ball at Goodison Park.

Boss Glenn has always talked well of Anthony and that was reflected in his selection ahead of defensive rivals Gary Doherty and Chris Perry.

Glenn said: "Anthony is growing in stature - and if he grows any bigger, we won't get him in the changing room!

"He's got pace, height, he's got to learn things, become more solid and when to defend correctly but the bottom line is that he can play on the floor and wants to use the ball. He's got all the credentials.

"We have to mention Ledley as well, he hasn't had a pre-season yet but us slowly coming back.

"We have a strong squad if we can keep them fit but the signs aren't good with what's happened top Stevie Carr.

"But with Ledley, Matty, Simon Davies, Anthony, they are youngsters who will have to learn quickly."