With John Terry announcing his international retirement last night, Steven Caulker has been one of the names tipped to replace the Chelsea captain in the England defence, and Spurs assistant Steffen Freund made it no secret he believes the young defender is capable of the feat.
Freund feels Caulker being called up is “definitely possible”, and the Spurs centre-back is a very similar player to Terry. He continued: “He is like a rock in defence, he’s very tall and strong, and is difficult to beat in a one-on-one situation. He’s very talented and wants to improve every game.
“John Terry was a great centre-half for England, everyone appreciates that, but Steven Caulker is maybe one for the future”.
Chelsea sensation Eden Hazard has revealed he almost joined Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, had they managed to secure Champions League football this season. Whilst thought to be in a three-way battle with both Manchester clubs, Chelsea were victorious in signing the Ligue 1 Player of the Year, but Hazard revealed that Harry Redknapp had also attempted to sign the playmaker.
He said: “It’s true that Tottenham tempted me because it was a young team which was third in the league. Unfortunately, the end of the season did not go well. They did not reach the Champions League, which tipped the balance”.
Carlisle have lost just one of their last seven games, and sit 10th in League One. They will go into the League Cup tie searching for a cup upset, as they welcome Spurs on Wednesday night. The result of the tie will be decided on the night, but Gareth hopes that Tottenham can show their quality in their search for a third successive victory.
Bale agreed that the match would be “tough”, and was under no illusions that Carlisle being pitted against Premier League opposition will certainly fire up the League One team.
Tottenham defender Nathan Byrne has joined Crawley Town on loan until January 6, after a loan spell at Bournemouth last season. Yet to make an appearance for the Spurs senior team, Byrne will be looking to impressive at the League One side and with tough competition for a place in Andre Villas-Boas’ team, Byrne can seek first-team appearances elsewhere.