STEFF WANTS CAUL TO FILL JT’S BOOTS
STEVEN CAULKER is being touted as the ideal choice to take over from John Terry at the heart of the England defence.
Terry left Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson with a major headache on Sunday night when he announced his retirement from international football.
The Chelsea captain is facing an FA independent regulatory hearing into a charge that he used a racist slur towards QPR’s Anton Ferdinand in October last year.
The hearing is expected to go into a third day.
Caulker, who had a successful year on loan at Swansea last season, is yet to make a Premier League start for Spurs, but he was still called up by Hodgson for England’s friendly against Italy in August.
The 20-year-old is likely to make his first start under Andre Villas-Boas at Carlisle in the Capital One Cup tonight.
And Spurs assistant boss Steffen Freund believes the young defender is destined for a long England career.
“It’s definitely possible,” said Freund when asked if Caulker could replace England.
“He is similar to Terry. He has already been called up for the national side and he’s definitely one of best centre-halves in England.
“He is like a rock in the defence. He’s very tall and strong, and he is difficult to beat in a one-on-one situation.
“He’s very talented and wants to improve every game.
“John Terry was a
for great centre-half for England, everyone appreciates that, but Steven Caulker is maybe one for the future.”
Several Spurs players from the team that beat QPR on Sunday will be rested for the Capital One Cup tie at Carlisle.
The victory over the Hoops was Villas-Boas’ first win at White Hart Lane.
Many Spurs fans are still to be convinced the 34-year-old is the right choice to lead the club forward, but Freund is convinced a bright future lies ahead under AVB.
“I’m sure we’ll have success,” said Freund.
“I think it’s good to remember his success at Porto, not just what happened at Chelsea last season.
“He won everything in his first year at Porto. He already has a lot of experience.
“I enjoy every day I work with him.”
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