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Carr struggles to put on brakes

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).

Stephen Carr admits that he finds it hard to ease up during the summer months after the lion’s share of the year is spent honing peak physical condition.

Our flying full-back realises the need for a break from the rigours of a tough season, but he can’t quite let go of his fitness regime.

"I’m going to take a couple of holidays," said Steve. "It’s the one time you can get away. I’ll still do my bit of training though. I’ll find it hard not to.

"I try not to breathe football when I’m away, but when you are working day in, day out on the training ground it’s hard to stop for a month. It’s hard for the body to do that. Everyone is different but I have to keep going. It’s at my own leisure and I suppose that’s the difference."

One of Stephen’s holidays, of course, is a trip back home to Ireland — a journey he relishes making at this time of year.

"I’ll go home as well. They are all happy for me. You always have your begrudgers, you get that everywhere, but at home it’s brilliant.

"I go home and I’m just myself again. I enjoy it. I’m still the person, they see me as the same person and it’s nice. You don’t want to be looked at like you’re up there and they are down there. It’s not like that.

"You all come into the world the same way and go out the same way. Just because you do well doesn’t mean you are any better than the next person."

Stephen is not the sort of person to let fame go to his head, and he has willing support system just in case.

"I don’t need to be brought back down to earth. I’ve a wife, a family and I will never take anything for granted because I’ve seen enough players do that and it’s soon taken from them."