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Kasey's passport quest

Posted on 4 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).

Top of Kasey Keller's New Year wish list is trying to find an American passport for Ledley King!

So impressed with Ledley is our new keeper that Kasey wishes he could trace an American bloodline so he could be secured for the USA.

Thankfully, there are no stars 'n' stripes featuring in Ledley's family tree, but Kasey jokes that he will keep trying. He was also very impressed with the other two of the defensive trio in front of him after keeping a clean sheet in his second Premiership start of the season.

"I felt very comfortable, I thought the guys in front of me played tremendously well," said Kasey on the Blackburn shut-out.

"Chris Perry had a great game, Dean is proving to be a tremendous buy and Ledley... you could talk all day about Ledley. I keep asking him if he can find an American passport!

"He keeps telling me he can't - but I'm looking for him.

"Stepping into this team, I don't know what to attribute it to, but it feels very comfortable."

Considering his lack of competitive action this season, Kasey exudes a very calm and confident air. He puts it down to experience and a tough footballing grounding from an early age.

"I've been around the block a few times, that's for sure - I've just turned 32. What's kinda helped is the grounding I've had.

"I came into the English league and played the first four seasons at Millwall and played exactly 200 games. So from the age of 22-26 playing 200 games in the English first division, throw in another 20 caps and things like that, it gives you a lot of experience in a short period of time."

Such a schedule of games is unusual for young goalkeepers, who often suffer a dip in form at some stage and are not reckoned to peak until in their thirties.

"Exactly. You normally start, you come in, you come out. I was able to push on from that and make the step up to Leicester."

By Richard Hubbard