Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Lloris and Townsend

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News, views, and gossip relating to Tottenham over the past 24 hours.

Hugo Lloris has moved to deny any ill-feeling between himself and his boss Andre Villas-Boas. The French number one has started the last two games for Spurs, but is expected to drop down to the bench against Chelsea next weekend. "The relationship with Brad Friedel, the keepers' coach and manager are very good", adding: "You have to put things into perspective: I just spent four weeks with Spurs and just missed three matches."

Assistant coach Steffen Freund has welcomed Andros Townsend's call-up into the England under-21 side. The midfielder has made six appearances this season, and the Tottenham coach says the recognition and step up from the under-19 side is just rewards for his efforts.

Gareth Bale has been passed fit for Wales to take on Scotland tomorrow. There was concern he could miss the game with a heel injury after missing training on Wednesday. 

Tottenham right-back has revealed an unlikely hero; Phil Jagielka. The defender says he spent years idolising the defender while a boy supporting Sheffield United, and has discussed how thrilled he is at the prospect of lining up alongside him for England.

HITC's Nick Harris takes a look at Sandro's more expansive role for the club this season, and the benefit it is having on the Tottenham team.

Former Spurs trainee Ronnie Hawkins is reported to be undergoing a trial with Ajax, according to Sky Sports. The 18-year-old Irishman was released this summer, and had spent time training with Norwich City.

Jermain Defoe has been picked out as a key player for England when they take on San Marino tomorrow, with him expected to boost his goal tally against the minnows. Defoe's form and clinical finishing could be exactly what the club need to get the job done.

Blackburn are said to be going back in to recruit Tim Sherwood as their next manager. Tottenham had rejected initial advances from the Venky group, but it is reported that Rovers are said to be making a renewed effort, determined to get their man by time the international break is over.

And finally, new signing Clint Dempsey is buzzing about his start to life at the club. He insists Spurs can achieve 'something special' this season, and is fired up to lead them to silverware.

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