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Glenn: Darren's nailed it

Posted on 25 January 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 is delighted Darren Anderton has 'nailed his nickname to the mast'.

That nickname, 'Sicknote' for the uninitiated, has haunted the midfielder for the last few years of his career as he's battled to overcome a host of serious injuries.

But he has started all-but two of our 30 games so far this season after recovering from Achilles surgery in the summer.

Indeed, when he lines-up for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie against Bolton at the Lane it will be Darren's 26th consecutive start.

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"For me, there is not a more consistent midfielder in the country, in all aspects of his game" said boss Glenn of the 29-year-old.

"He covered every blade of grass out there against Chelsea and has done in every game.

"His passing has been superb, his workrate has been superb, he's popped up with important goals and certainly created things for us.

"We can't ask for more than that. He's nailed his nickname to the mast and I'm delighted for him."

Glenn, a big fan of Darren when he was England manager and he actually scored in the 1998 World Cup.

The question now, of course, is will he go to this summer's tournament?

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson sent assistant Tord Grip to the Lane on Wednesday and Glenn added: "Whether he fits into the system England are playing is a question for Sven Goran Eriksson, not me. He certainly fits into our system.

"If Sven is looking for a player who can create, keep the ball and be involved for 90 minutes then Darren is your man.

"There are a number in this country who are doing a similar job so it is up to Sven to decide.

"But Darren's positive and delighted to be able to be playing as he has for that length of time without getting any injuries and long may that continue."

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