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Jamie backs Becks

Posted on 7 June 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).

Jamie Redknapp is confident that if England progess in the World Cup, skipper David Beckham will go from strength to strength after injury.

Beckham, who hadn't played for nearly two months, effectively lasted just under a half against Sweden on Sunday then ran out of steam before being replaced by Kieron Dyer just after the hour mark.

Jamie knows better than most how hard it is to click back into gear after a spell out, especially without the gentle rehab of a few reserve outings. It is especially difficult with a weight of expectation on your shoulders.

"It is," said our midfield recruit. "I've had it before when I was younger, you're expected to come back in and do well straight away.

"You think you can do it, but until you get into playing regularly it is very difficult. He's a very fit lad though and hopefully, if we get through, he will get fitter and stronger. That's what we're looking at."

Jamie says match sharpness is the hardest element to regain after a prolonged absence.

"That's the thing. I think it will take him a few games to get his sharpness. You don't lose the ability he has to hit the ball, but it's a case of doing it under pressure. There's people around you and you've got to move your feet quickly and the more the game goes on the more tired and fatigued you get.

"I'm sure he'll deal with it in the next game, there was probably a lot of nerves before Sweden and that takes a little bit of energy out of you."