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Naughton in Spurs XI squad

Posted on 22 July 2009  - 12:00

Kyle Naughton is set to make his first appearance in our colours for the Spurs XI in a friendly at Aldershot Town tonight (kick-off, 7.45pm).

Naughton in Spurs XI squad

Kyle Naughton is set to make his first appearance in our colours for the Spurs XI in a friendly at Aldershot Town tonight (kick-off, 7.45pm).

The young defender, signed today from Sheffield United, is joined in the squad by a mixture of first team, development squad, and Academy players.

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes makes his return following an extended break due to his involvement in Brazil's successful Confederations Cup campaign in June.

Alan Hutton and Adel Taarabt are also in the squad, along with Danny Rose and Jake Livermore, who have both been involved with the first team this summer.

Coach Clive Allen believes that Aldershot will prove a stern test for his side, providing the youngsters with a chance to impress the management staff, whilst also giving the lads the opportunity to prove their match fitness.

"Pre-season is always a very important time for the young players in particular, and we have the opportunity to give one or two of the youngsters a chance with a few of the senior players," said Clive.

"No matter how much training you do, you need to have match fitness so it's very important for them to work in the time they play."

Clive has also been impressed with League Two Aldershot's progression in recent years and thinks they could be a different proposition from last summer, when a Spurs XI side ran out 3-1 winners at the Recreation Ground.

"It was a very good performance in last year's win but Aldershot had only just come into the Football League at that time. They obviously had a whole season in League Two last term and they did well.

"I know Gary Waddock, the manager, very well and he was very happy with the way their season went, so I think they'll be a lot stronger and they'll be difficult opposition for us again tonight, but it is exactly what we want in our pre-season preparations."

Tonight's squad in full:
Gomes, Alnwick, Hutton, Naughton, Smith, Cox, Archibald-Henville, C Butcher, Blackwood, Livermore, Rose, Carroll, Taarabt, Bostock, Parrett, M'Poku, Obika

Meanwhile...

The second half of our new duo, Kyle Walker, played 90 minutes for England Under-19s in their first game of this summer's European Championships in Ukraine on Tuesday night.

Andros Townsend also featured as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Switzerland in Donetsk.