Tottenham news – Crouch costs Spurs, Redknapp explains Lennon absence, Naughton can be the next Bale says Eriksson

Crouch costs Spurs.

The sending off of Peter Crouch after 15 minutes last night effectively ended Tottenham’s hopes against Real Madrid.

It is hard enough going to the Santiago Bernebeu without playing for 75 minutes with 10 men.

In his post-match interview with Sky Sports the Spurs Manager Harry Redknapp said : “I haven’t seen it but he shouldn’t have taken the chance. He’s already got a yellow card, he shouldn’t take the chance that he might get a red card, so that’s disappointing.”

Redknapp explains Lennon absence.

The last thing a manager needs is having to re-arrange his side minutes before kick-off; which is exactly what happened when Aaron Lennon informed Redknapp that he was too ill to play.

Speaking to the Spurs website Harry said: “He hadn’t been feeling great all day. I said ‘are you ok?’ and he said ‘I don’t feel like I have any strength or energy to run’, so I had to pull him out.”

He revealed later in the interview that it was a sore throat that was affecting his winger.

Naughton can be the next Bale says Eriksson.

Winger Kyle Naughton who is currently on loan at Leicester City has been told to follow in the footsteps of Gareth Bale according to Sven Goran Eriksson.

The Welsh flyer was converted into a left winger by Harry Redknapp and has flourished at Spurs over the last couple of years; the Swede believes Naughton can do the same.

Speaking in the Leicester Mercury the former England manager said: “I am quite sure he could do that. Kyle is very good going forward and has scored five goals for us this season, which is good for a defender.” He will return to Spurs at the end of the season after loan spells at Middlesbrough and Leicester City.

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