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Shocks for international Spurs

Posted on 3 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Tottenham players experienced mixed emotions on international duty on Saturday.

Darren Anderton and Sol Campbell were both in the England team that gained a creditable 1-1 draw against World and European champions France in the Stade de France.

While Campbell has been a fixture of the side for a couple of years, Anderton may well have played himself into Kevin Keegan's World Cup plans for England's first Group Nine qualifying match against Germany on October 7.

Anderton, recalled just three games into the Premiership season after missing out on the European Championships to rest an Achilles problem, performed well down the right-hand side as Keegan opted to play David Beckham centrally.

Unusually, Anderton threatened most with a header from a corner in the first half. Not renowned for his headed goals, Anderton's flick bounced up to his former Spurs team-mate Nicky Barmby whose effort was saved at point blank by Bernard Lama in the French goal.

Playing in an unfamiliar right-back role Campbell, as expected, had a busy night against the likes of Henry, Anelka, Zidane but showed his class when the home side threatened to break away in the second half. Petit fed Djorkaeff who burst clear but our skipper sped in from the flank to dispossess the midfielder.

Petit broke the deadlock after 64 minutes and France controlled the game for long periods before Michael Owen's excellent flick home Kieron Dyer's cross for an 86th-minute equaliser.

It wasn't such good news for our Norwegian or Ukrainian contingent. With Oyvind Leonhardsen and Steffen Iversen in the starting line-up, Norway were expected to beat Armenia in their opening World Cup Group Five qualifier.

However, they were held to a shock 0-0 draw in Oslo with Leonhardsen coming closest to scoring only to see his effort hit the woodwork.

It was just as bad news for our £11m man Sergei Rebrov. Back home in the Ukraine for the first time since his big summer move from Dynamo Kiev, Rebrov could do nothing to prevent Poland grabbing a 3-1 win, also in Group Five.

At least goalkeeper Neil Sullivan had something to smile about. Our new number one kept a clean sheet as Scotland kicked-off their Group Six campaign with a 1-0 win against Latvia in Riga - Neil McCann grabbed the winner with only two minutes left.