Pochettino discusses prospect of Friedel swan song: You never know

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The goalkeeper will break the Premier League record for oldest player if he features in either of Tottenham's last two games.

Tottenham goalkeeper and mainstay of Premier League football Brad Friedel yesterday announced his retirement from football.

He will move into commentary back in the US when his contract expires this summer, while also taking up an ambassadorial role for Spurs across the pond.

But before hanging up his gloves for good, White Hart Lane boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted there is a chance the 'keeper will get a final run out.

"Maybe, you never know, in football you never know," the Argentine said in his press conference yesterday, quoted by the Mail. "All players are always in my plans. It's not easy, but you never know.

"It's a very special moment for him. It's a real pleasure to work with him and to know him because he's a top man, a top professional and it was fantastic to spend time with him this season."

He did sound a note of caution though about granting Friedel one final appearance though, admitting: "All players are always in my plans. It's true we are in a run to try to get the Europa League but after that in football you never know."

Friedel, who also featured for Liverpool, Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa in England, made 82 appearances for his country, and played 67 times for Tottenham despite signing as a 40-year-old in 2011.

The veteran is yet to make an appearance for Spurs this season, with the club having recruited Dutch international Michel Vorm as back up to first choice Hugo Lloris. At the moment, his last appearance for the club is in a 2-2 draw away to Benfica in the Europa League last March.

Already Tottenham's oldest ever player, Pochettino may yet give Friedel the chance to break one more record before he calls it a day.

If he plays against either Hull City or Everton, Friedel will break John Burridge's record for oldest ever Premier League player of 43 years and 162 days.

The former US international turns 44 on Monday, so may be saved for Tottenham's match with Everton on the last day of the season if he was to make a final appearance, just to make his achievement that little bit more noteworthy - and harder to beat.

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