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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).

Glenn Hoddle has paid tribute to Steffen Freund and revealed that our midfield enforcer is being encouraged to look forward when on the ball.

Steffen certainly had the crowd buzzing with his swashbuckling performance against Derby on Monday night, charging forward on a number of occasions sparking the familiar 'shoooooooot' call from an appreciative crowd.

"I think Steffen has been terrific," said Glenn. "We've added to his game, he can press the ball, put his foot into a tackle.

"What we've encouraged him to do is pass the ball forward, look forward first and not play so many backward or square balls - and he's doing that now.

"He's opening the play as well, his cross field passing and opening of the play is excellent. He's playing with a lot of confidence and it's good to see him playing that way."

While Glenn is happy that Steffen is now adding to his attacking options, he also points to a swelling of the squad from within that is on the way.

"He can win the ball, he can pass it. He's never going to be an extra special passer of the ball, we've got other players to do that, but he's got that confidence to look forward and pass forward and not always play back.

"He can open the play up. His crossfield passing has come on leaps and bounds. Credit to him.

"But it's a good scene at the moment. We've got people like Tim Sherwood, Ben Thatcher coming back, Goran Bunjevcevic, so we're strengthening again all the time. That gives us a chance to look at things. It's a nice way of being able to manage."