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Posted on 21 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).

New boy Jonathan Blondel is one of seven of our senior squad that will be hoping to kick-off their international season tonight and, in Blondel's case, his full international career.

Just weeks after arriving at the Lane, Blondel received the call to join the full Belgium squad for the friendly match against Poland. First team coach Chris Hughton has little doubt that the raising of his profile at club level has contributed to his promotion from the under-21 ranks.

"I've got to say we've been delighted with Jonathan since he arrived," said Chris. "It's quite a daunting task for a young man like him to come into a club the size of this - and that's even forgetting his age, the fact that he speaks another language and has no family here.

"In the period of time he's been here we've been delighted with him, that he's been elevated into the full squad, of course, has something to do with the fact he's now a Tottenham Hotspur player.

"It is something that over the years hasn't changed and I don't think will change."

Scotland boss Berti Vogts must make a decision between Neil Sullivan and Celtic's Robert Douglas for the goalkeeping spot ahead of his Hampden Park debut against Denmark, while Gary Doherty will be hoping to play some part in the Republic of Ireland's friendly in Finland.

Simon Davies is almost certain to feature in the Wales starting X1 against Croatia as Mark Hughes' side prepare for a Euro 2004 qualification battle against Italy, Finland and Yugoslavia.

Milenko Acimovic will be able to inform Simon of Italy's strengths and weaknesses after Slovenia have played the Italians tonight, while Oyvind Leonhardsen's Norway have a tough assignment against Holland. Sergei Rebrov will be seeking to get back on the goal trail against Iran.

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