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Simon's feet firmly on ground

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).

Simon Davies knows he has to keep his feet on the ground at Spurs after his heroics for Wales - his place depends on it.

Always so down to earth and unaffected by all the recent praise lavished his way, Simon must be one of the hottest properties in the game after his performance and goal in Wales' memorable 2-1 win against Italy on Wednesday.

Simon, who bagged the first goal to make it three goals in his last three internationals, returned to Spurs Lodge on Friday and straight back into Premiership business on the training ground.

He was joined by Gus Poyet, Steve Carr - both back in the squad for Sunday's visit of Bolton - and the likes of Steve Clemence, Darren Anderton, Ledley King and Anthony Gardner, all back in training and working their way back to fitness.

With Steffen Freund fit again and Jamie Redknapp in fine form all season, it all means competition for places is back on the agenda and that competition in midfield is as hot as anywhere.

"I don't think it's all sunk in," Simon explained. "It's hard to describe. I've never really been one to...I don't know, I've always kept me feet on the ground, put it that way.

"I know, for instance, how disappointed I would be if I didn't play on Sunday so I know I have be on top of my game to have that feeling as rarely as possible.

"We've had a good start to the season and I want to continue playing in the first team.

"I've got back at the training ground and you can see the squad gradually getting bigger and personally I want to try and put another good performance together on Sunday and try to keep my place. With the competition for places now everyone will be up for every game.

"It was great on Wednesday night but I've come back, seen everyone training and thought 'flippin' hell, I'll have to play well to hold onto my place'. That's good for the club and everyone realises that is healthy."