Build up to tonight's Europa League game and other news around Spurs.
Tottenham Hotspur are in Europa League action against FC Sheriff at White Hart Lane tonight where a win will make certain of qualification to the knock-out stages of the competition. Much of the build-up has been dominated by Hugo Lloris’ head injury from Sunday, and the goalkeeper has been passed fit to play.
Ahead of tonight’s game, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has said his side needs to take the opportunity of qualifying for the knock-out stages tonight. He said: ‘The players are very motivated to achieve qualification as soon as possible as well. We looked good as a team right now and hopefully that confidence will be turned into a result.’
AVB said: ‘His position at centre-back is not in question. He is one of the greatest defenders I have worked with. He knows that and he knows that position is waiting for him whenever we have options at left-back. He has my word.
Young striker Harry Kane has said he has learned so much from teammate Jermain Defoe, who could break the club’s European goalscoring record tonight.
Kane told the club's website: ‘He’s such a natural goalscorer, loves to score goals and as a fellow striker, you try to emulate that.
‘That’s what my game is about, trying to score goals and if I can get as many as Jermain, it won’t be a bad career.’
Three Spurs players have been called up to the England squad for the friendlies against Chile and Germany at Wembley next week. Andros Townsend, Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe have all been selected by manager Roy Hodgson.
Goalkeeper Hurelho Gomes is tempted to return home after a long spell out of the side which has seen him fall behind both Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel in the pecking order at White Hart Lane.
Gomes told Portal da Band: ‘Although I am well adapted and used to being abroad, I don’t think I’ll stay here forever.
‘What matters right now is to keep playing, because I know I still have the potential and technical conditions to do so. I need money to pay my bills!’
Finally, Lewis Holtby has said he feels at home at Tottenham since arriving at the club last January.
Holtby told the Evening Standard: ‘I feel very welcome now. I feel at home here in the team, so now I can show what I’m really capable of, and I think I’m progressing.’
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