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Pleat delight for Gardner

Posted on 12 November 2003  - 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).

David Pleat has expressed his delight over the news that Anthony Gardner has been called up into the England squad for Sunday's friendly international against Denmark.

The 23-year-old central defender received the news shortly after leaving the training ground this afternoon and David was naturally thrilled for the player he recruited from Port Vale in January 2000.

"He is an excellent boy and a credit to his family," he said this evening. "I like the way he plays football - he treats the ball with respect. Anthony is always working to make a pass rather than kick it wildly and his defensive work in recent weeks has contributed towards our resolute performances.

"Anthony was very good on Saturday against Arsenal and it was test. I got a wonderful feeling just before half-time when he raced with Henry and appeared to edge him out - that takes some doing.

"The more he plays on a consecutive run - he was never available to Glenn over a long period - he will get stronger. He is getting a few games under his belt now and is doing very well.

"I was delighted when we managed to take him from Port Vale, Brian Horton nursed him along splendidly there.

"I am very pleased that out of the four boys we bought at that time, three have now been called up for senior internationals - Davies, Doherty and Gardner."