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Gardner reaction

Posted on 12 November 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).

Anthony Gardner's first reaction on hearing of his England call-up was total amazement.

Our in-form defender, who cemented his credentials with a superb performance against Arsenal's Thierry Henry at Highbury on Saturday, received the news via a telephone call from Spurs Lodge within minutes of leaving our training ground for home this afternoon.

"I thought it was a wind-up at first," said an extremely happy Anthony. "My next emotion was surprise, just extreme surprise.

"I always look to see who is in the squad when they are announced because I am an England fan first and foremost and always want to know who is in and who is not.

"But I never expected me to be in there! Now that I am getting over the shock I am excited and very proud.

"I can't wait to join up with the rest of the group and will be helped by the fact that I know some of the younger players. I've already played for England at Under-21 level but just being with the senior squad is going to be something else."