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Ziege staying put

Posted on 20 November 2002  - 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).

Christian Ziege will not be travelling to Germany for their encounter with great rivals Holland - electing instead to remain at Spurs Lodge to fine tune his fitness after injury.

The wing-back was expected to travel for the international friendly after turning out for thr reserves against Charlton on Monday. He completed a full 90 minutes in his second game after returning from a calf injury and will now concentrate on proving his fitness to Glenn Hoddle.

"No, I am not travelling," reported Christian. "It was a bit 'going' and then 'not going'. It is better for me to stay here but, obviously, the German team wanted me there as well for the game.

"I should have gone for one day but I spoke to Rudi Voller and, thanks to him, he said it would be more stress for me to go there and come back.

"He said it is okay and I should stay here and have my game."

It could be described as something of a rarity for a German to pass up the opportunity to put one over on their traditional rivals. Christian is confident that his international colleagues will not be found wanting.

"They will do it without me!"

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