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Pair join Hall of Fame

Posted on 4 December 2009  - 12:00

Darren Anderton and Steffen Freund were inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

Darren Anderton and Steffen Freund were inducted into the club's Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

The midfielders were joined by the likes of David Ginola, Paul Allen, Steve Sedgley, David Howells and current boss Harry Redknapp at the event at White Hart Lane.

Darren joined us from Portsmouth in 1992 and played over 350 games for us, scoring 48 goals in all competitions, before departing in 2004. He was also a member of the 1999 League Cup-winning team and in the 2002 League Cup Final team.

Capped 30 times by England, Darren was also in the 1996 European Championship and 1998 World Cup squads.

"I was delighted, it's a real honour," said Darren. "I spent my whole career here, more or less and for the club to show their appreciation like this is really nice.

"I enjoyed my time at Spurs so much. I was very young when I came here from Portsmouth and that move came completely out of the blue for me. To now have this honour is wonderful.

"As a 20-year-old coming to Tottenham it was daunting. The club is fantastic and everyone knows about it's tradition and history. I struggled to start with but the fans here were great to me and I was delighted to stay here as long as I did.

"There were times when I could have moved on but I always remembered how the fans were with me when I was struggling, so I always felt I should be loyal as well - and I'm glad I was."

Fans favourite Steffen was a member of the 1999 League Cup-winning side at Wembley and recovered from a serious knee injury to play 130 games for us between 1999-2003. Joining us from Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga twice and European Cup in 1997, he was capped 21 times for Germany and featured in both the 1996 European Championship and 1998 World Cup Finals.

"It's a real honour, I'm really proud, it's something very special for me," said Steffen, hugely popular during his time at the Lane. "It shows that the fans still remember me, perhaps not all the time for my footballing skills, but for my passion, my heart and that I gave everything for them. I'm sure supporters love to see that attitude at their club.

"I always say maybe I wasn't the best footballer, but I did something special as well and that was to win the ball, to fight, to be there for everyone else and never give up.

"That is a quality too because people like David Ginola cannot play like he did all the time without the ball. I can't play like him - he was special in the way he was able to win games and score goals like he did - but it's also tough to win the ball back for your team.

"Every time I played at White Hart Lane it meant so much. I used to go there, do my job with 100 per cent commitment and try to win games for Tottenham. Perhaps my mentality is something the supporters remember me for because when we were down, I always looked to lift us and I would never give up."