Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Five Spurs for England

Jermain Defoe
Spurs' policy of investing in young English players is benefiting both Spurs and England.  During the second half of the friendly International against Uruguay at Anfield, five Spurs players were on the pitch at the same time.

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson and Michael Carrick in central midfield had started the game.  A goal down at half time, Sven-Goran Eriksson brought on Ledley King in defence and Jermaine Jenas to partner Carrick in midfield.  Later Jermaine Defoe was given an opportunity to show what he could do as he tried to secure a place in the World Cup squad.

Michael Carrick was involved in both goals as he set Joe Cole away, with 15 minutes left, to cross for the equaliser from former Spurs youth player, Peter Crouch, and this was followed by a winner from Joe Cole deep into injury time with Carrick playing his part by spreading play wide which released Wright-Phillips to cross.

England came from behind to win 2-1 with FIVE Spurs players on the pitch at the end of the game.

This number equals the record for the number of Spurs players appearing together in an International. The record of 5 was set in April, 1987 when Glenn Hoddle, Clive Allen, Chris Waddle, Gary Mabbutt and Steve Hodge appeared against Turkey.

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