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Wed 25 August 2004, 12:00|Tottenham Hotspur

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).


Obviously I played there in midweek for England and the pitch was in great shape - as it was for Saturday. It was great for us to play in such a stadium and come away with a win.

It sounds strange, but it changes. Playing an international there seemed much different to playing in a league game. It was the same stadium for me, but we went there to do a job.

Probably, going away with the England squad over the summer has possibly made me more confident. Last season I wasn't playing at the back as much and I think it has helped that I am playing in my favourite position.

It is part of the game, there are a lot of physical players out there and you have to be strong or you'll get bullied. I haven't really noticed if I am using my strength more.

start good about ourselves
We are, we didn't have the best of pre-seasons results-wise, but we've come in with a few new players and everyone seems to have settled down straight away.

We seem to be all together and we've ground out a result at Newcastle that was a great team performance.

He is great, he has so much experience and he is helping me as much as I'm helping him. He is good to work with.

He can say enough and as long as he can communicate on the pitch that is good enough. I am trying to help him and, hopefully, if we work on the training ground we can improve.

I've been in the squad for a while and I have kind of got used to that happening over the years.

It is something that we've got to cut out of our game if we want to get near the top. The Newcastle performance is nothing unless we go to West Brom and get a good result there.

We've got to go in with the same effort and determination as we did at Newcastle to get a result.

bang up
Definitely, they are at home and are a physical side. In the past we have sometimes allowed teams like this to bully us a bit and we must stand up and be counted.


It is a good signing, he is young and definitely a Premiership player. He is going to be a great addition to the squad.

I have played with him at under-21 level and have always rated him a great player.

They are all players on the fringe of the England squad and it is great that we've got such young English talents in our squad. It will be good for the future.