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Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Holtby and Lloris

All the latest news and gossip relating to Tottenham Hotspur from the past 24 hours.

Gareth Bale is back in training for Wales ahead of their clash with Croatia, and has been pictured doing so proving he is indeed preparing for a starting role tomorrow night having shaken off a virus which meant he only played 45 minutes against Scotland. We are asking if Bale's return to fitness for Wales is good or bad news for Tottenham?

January addition Lewis Holtby has been discussing his role for the club, and believes he will be better in a deeper role, rather than slotted in behind the striker. He says he is most comfortable as the central player in a 4-3-3, but he certainly has competition at Spurs with Dembele, Parker and Sandro competing for the same position. Holtby also says the club are not scared of Arsenal as the race for the last four ticks down, and new additions like himself could prove important.

England under-21 midfielder and Tottenham starlet Tom Carroll took part in a webchat organised by the FA yesterday, in which he hailed Zidane as the player he would most like to have played alongside, and picked Messi over Ronaldo as his best current player. To see what else he had to say click here.

Tottenham's under-21 side beat West Brom 4-0 in an away fixture, with former Barcelona trainee Cristian Ceballos scoring twice. He set up another for Dean Parrett, with Kenny McAvoy netting the opener. January signing Ezekiel Fryers also played, with Spurs winning seven of their last nine.

Hugo Lloris' former mentor Joel Bats, star of France's Euro '84, has backed the goalkeeper to be one of France's best ever. He has complimented the Frenchman's adapting to the English game, arguing he has done so better than World Cup '98 winner Fabien Barthez. He goes onto add that he is the best goalkeeper of the current generation and will take the mantel from Buffon and Casillas.

Jermain Defoe says his confidence is 'flying' after ending his goal drought, although perhaps somebody might want to tell him netting against San Marino is not exactly a unique achievement. Nevertheless regardless of the opposition, the goals could just trigger the return of his scoring touch at a crucial stage of the season for Spurs.

And finally, ahead of this summer's transfer window, Nick Harris asks if Spurs could do worse than take a look at Manchester City's unwanted winger Scott Sinclair, as cover for Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale.

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