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Pleat's praise for Ifil

Posted on 20 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 praised Phil Ifil's progress after the youngster was named in England's U20 squad for the World Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

The right-back only turned 17 this week and is the youngest member of the squad set to fly out to Dubai.

Stephen Kelly, currently on loan at Watford, is another Spurs representative in UAE after being named in the Republic of Ireland squad.

The tournament runs from November 27-December 19 with 24 countries sorted into six groups.

England were drawn into what looks like a tough group with Colombia, Egypt and Japan. Group D's games will be played in Dubai in the Al-Maktoum stadium.

Ireland take on Saudi Arabia, Mexico and the Ivory Coast.

Phil's selection continues his progress this season. A regular for the U19s, he's played for the reserves already and was on the bench again on Monday night.

"Phil's had a few painful jabs but it will be worth the suffering to go to that tournament," said caretaker boss David.

"I just hope he does well and this will be his first performance on the big stage - we hope he's going to be a good player, of course.

"He's established himself a little this season and we know what we want to do with Philip.

"We don't want to start shouting but he certainly has characteristics in his game that should, with a lot of luck and if he keeps a steady head, trains hard and develops physically, see another first team player coming through from the Academy."


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