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Good Luck to Steven Caulker!

For someone who has backed Steven Caulker as a long term England defender, his probable debut against Sweden gives me genuine pleasure.

Aside from watching him on occasions for the clubs academy, I also took the time to see him whilst on loan with Yeovil and Bristol City and also spoke to their fans who all raved about his quality, maturity and leadership for someone so young. I remember asking for his autograph with my them 8 year old son as he left the pitch after losing an FA cup game to a then non league Oxford Utd, only for the pen not to work. To his credit, he tried several times before it finally worked, earning my son a cherished signature and Caulker my utmost respect.

Last season, Caulker excelled for both Swansea and international football with the U-21s and Olympic teams. Initially I have no doubt that he was picked more as a squad player for all those teams, yet quickly it became evident that he was the best in his position and would we bet against his retention in the Spurs side, even when we see Kaboul and BAE return to fitness?

On a night that Steven Gerrard will pick up his 100th international cap, and Caulker pick up his first, I fully expect great things for him, for both club and country. whilst predicting his leading his country and reaching 100 caps seems highly premature, such is Caulker's ever improving quality, maturity and leadership, would we really bet against him achieving one or even both feats???

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Date:Wednesday November 14 2012

Time: 2:01PM

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and hopefully good luck to Tom Huddlestone as well. in an England midfield that has no natural DCM, I would like to see him get some playing time as well
I think Hudd is made for international football. I think he is what England needs. England have a team that cannot retain the ball.
agree Tony!
Hudd probably would be good for England. It's a shame the premiership is too fast paced for him. I wonder if he's every considered a career on the continent? Oh and good luck Steven Caulker - do us proud!
The moral of the story is always carry a pen that works! Yes good luck to him and hopefully Tommy H as you say. COYS
Please don't get injured Steven. No more absentees for Spurs!
Fully agree lads. Think Hudd will help us move the ball with intent rather than fannying around at the back then a long ball from Hart. Caulker does seem to be developing well and seems like a sensible lad. Livermore, Townsend, Caulker, Carroll, Kane...not a bad lot coming through our youth system. Respect to Mr Redknapp for sacking our reserves and focusing on our U18s which are starting to bear fruit. COYS
There has been some negativity about this friendly, but as long as we REALLY use it to bring England out of their rut, then it is all good. I am keen to see Leon Osman, Sterling as well as our lads. I love their attitude. Caulker is a future England captain, so like Tony Adams, start playing him now.
I have always felt that Caulker is a man of few words, but when he speaks people listen. might not be spot on there, but my point is more about his being an individual of great character and strength
Good luck to both.
Tactically Challenge
Great future for caulker with us I hope. of course he will make mistakes even the great Ledley king did and caulker is just starting out. I am not bothered he makes some errors at this stage what I like about Caulker is that he never lets it phase him he just quietly gets on with it and that is a mark of a professional. Caulker will be great for us and with kabule and vertonghen I feel we have one of the best CD line up in the PL a good mixture. Hope he plays for England and shines but does't get injured good luck Caulker.

As for Hudd I think he as potential to be a good CM in the right leauge and that is not the PL. The PL is too fast and furious for Hudd. he is similar to Hoddle in his ability to fins a pass but in Hoddle's days the PL was different. ow days players have to move quickly and keep the ball moving and that fraction of second or seconds that Hudd prefers to play the ball is not allowed now days in a lot of games. Hudd is a very good player when on his game and will do well at International level like Carrick he will be given the time to make the pass. Look at Carrick how he hasn't always featured in Fergies side since moving, the game is changing all the time and Carrick is another who needs time to make that pass. With Hudd in England setup I think England will do better and I wish him luck and I can see us selling him next season and he would do well to go abroad.

Well lets hope it is more interesting to see England play than it has been for us watching Spurs lately. We could do with some entertaining.
It took less than 10 minuted for Friedel to concede yet another goal today.
Ox jumped on a post i made earlier this year, when i mentioned certain points about Steven Caulker, i tried to watch as many of his Swansea games when out on loan and everytime he impressed me on how cool he looked, how he could read situations before they happened, his play was that of a proper footballing centre half, i could not wait for him to come back to us, during the Olympics for team GB, he again impressed me, his chance a spurs came a bit ''da ja vue'' very much as Gareth Bale's did, through injury to BAE, AVB moved Vertonghen into left back and in came Steven Caulker, who has had some very solid games in at centre half, this is not about our best back four, but alongside Kaboul that partnership could be the potential of a real force, even alongside Vertonghen, we have 3 very good centre halfs, kaboul, caulker, vertonghen all three solid and pure class, BAE back adds to that list of the back four and Walker has had a hard press lately, but these guys are as good as any in the prem, Gallas his time will soon be up, so we are well placed at present, wehn all are fit and firing, Good Luck to him and good luck to Hudd if they both feature, please, just don't get injured, fingers crossed.
spu 4 life
Definatly a tough call for AVB, Kaboul, Caulker and Vertonghen 3 very good CB's. Caulker could be huge for us and England over the coming years. Model pro. good luck to the bloke.
I've said this on several previous threads.. Caulker will captain England one day. He might not be Ledley but he is going to be (already is) one hell of a player and he will be better than both of those muppets a la Terry & Rio.
I have not seen an English CB more comfortable on the ball since rio in his pomp
spurfect one
Good luck Caulker, a true King Jnr in the making...

On to other pressing matters... WOT IF WE COULD PLAY THIS FORMATION..when BAE, DEMBELE and KABOOM ARE BACK..

how cool is that.... no more moaning about my formations...

using Verts in Dembele's position, and pushing Dembele into that attacking/defending midfielder and linking up with with wingers and Ade up top.... mmmm
Good luck Steve....reminds me abit of Sulzeer Jeremiah, but not as handsome
The title of this article has run true. Great goal for caulks
spurfect one
Back 3 Kaboul Caulker Vertonghen mite be good
Good centre half and A GOALSCORER on the international stage, well that made me smile big time, excellent job done, take him off @HT Woy.
spu 4 life
If we are worried about fitting in Kaboul, he has played RB, and a certain someone is looking suspect there at the moment.
Goal of the decade indeed! Once Caulks came off, the defence looked very shakey.
Tactically Challenge
Caulker is going to be very good. Nice :-)
thfc1882whl I put the collapse down to him coming off. LOL
Southgate and Dixon, fecking idiots, send them off to an old peoples home to clean the toilets and do a proper job. Moaning about Caulker when he made Cahill and Shawcross look like 16yr olds. I watched Caulker a few times when he played for Bristol City, a good few City fans thought he was an England international in the making,he was 18 then. Of course HR and his mate TonyRich would have loaned him out to Swansea again.
matt hoten
Along with Sterling he got the highest rating for an England player from the telegraph................. Steven Caulker 7 Given the task of marking Ibrahimovic, he could be well satisfied with his debut. Scored the equaliser but, after blocking Ibrahimovic’s initial shot, could not prevent him following up for the stadium’s first goal.
what a great learning game for Caulker. facing up top someone like Ibrahimovic would have been a great development game for him and one he will no doubt come back better for the experience

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