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Anderton targets Europe

English Barclays Premiership

Darren Anderton has set his sights on bringing European football back to the Lane. Our England midfielder is raring to go after taking a precautionary break and missing out on the European Championships this summer to rest his achilles.

Injury forced Anderton to miss our return to UEFA Cup action last season and, after watching games against FC Zimbru and Kaiserslautern from the sidelines, he is all the more determined to be part of those glory, glory nights in N17.

The arrival of Sergei Rebrov, Neil Sullivan and Ben Thatcher has further convinced Anderton that the club is on the right tracks.

"I think that there could be big things around the corner. We've bought well this summer, I'm not sure whether or not there will be more new faces coming in but we've bought well and the aim is to get into Europe. Anything less than that will be a disappointment.

"Sergei Rebrov is a top player and I'm sure there are many other places he could have gone to, so well done to whoever got him here!"

After playing over 40 games in 1998-99, Anderton's injury jinx struck again last season when an achilles problem ruled him out from the end of August until January. He was in impressive form for the rest of the season but after feeling his achilles again on slightly harder pitches towards the end of the season, he was advised to pull out of the Euro2000 squad running and rest up for the summer.

Looking happy in pre-season training, he has simple aims for the forthcoming season. "Personally I just want to stay fit, play well and help us get back into Europe," he added.

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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