Tottenham Hotspur ended their pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Spanish side Athletic Bilbao at White Hart Lane, tottenhamhotspur.com reports.
Goals from Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe helped Spurs get back into the game after they went 1-0 down thanks to a Mikel San Jose goal for Bilbao. Spurs were worried in the first half by Bilbao’s quality, but came on top in the second half and scored both goals within the first ten minutes of the second half.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was pleased with the second half performance and was happy to get Tom Huddlestone some football before the new season. The only negative for Redknapp was an injury to Steven Pienaar midway through the first half and the Spurs gaffer has revealed that it might be a tear in the South African’s groin.
Redknapp said: ‘The second half was much better. We had a bit more pace to the team. Gareth (Bale) came on and he gives us pace alongside Aaron (Lennon), that’s good pace down the sides. Niko (Kranjcar) did well in midfield with Luka (Modric), the two Croatian lads together and Crouchy and Jermain (Defoe) came on and scored. Defoe’s looked sharp all pre-season’.
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Blackburn Bentley option.
David Bentley is being offered the chance to move back to Blackburn Rovers and revive his career, according to The People.
The midfielder has suffered a frustrating time at White Hart Lane and has only made 12 league starts over the past two seasons. Bentley has now been offered the chance to move back to Ewood Park, the club he was at before his move to Spurs, for a fee of around £7m.
Spurs signed Bentley for £15m in 2008, but the move did not go as planned and wing rival Aaron Lennon’s form left Bentley on the sidelines. A loan spell at Birmingham City last season was used to give Bentley some game time and on arrival back at White Hart Lane for pre-season, the 26 year old knows that his time in North London is over.
The deal for the midfielder is expected to go through before the start of the season and Blackburn manager Steve Kean could have Bentley in his squad for the opening fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers on August 13th.
Duo get England call.
Tottenham duo Peter Crouch and Kyle Walker have both been named in the England squad for Wednesday’s friendly against Holland, thefa.com reports.
Crouch will be looking to add to his impressive tally of 22 goals in 42 England caps and goes into the contest in good form following his goal against Bilbao for Spurs on Sunday. Crouch’s last appearance for the Three Lions was against France in November 2010, where he came off the bench to score with his very first touch.
Walker is in the squad after a magnificent under 21 European Championships this summer and will be hoping to get his first full international cap. The 21 year old was named in the Team of the Tournament for the Championships held in Denmark and is tipped to cement his place as England’s number one right back ahead of rival Glen Johnson.
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