Chris Gunter still in Tottenham plans despite Nottingham Forest loan

24 March 2009 08:09
Gunter has been loaned out to Nottingham Forest, swapping a relegation battle in the Premier League for a dogfight at the foot of the Championship.

But the former Cardiff full-back, preparing for the key World Cup qualifiers against Finland, on Saturday, and Germany next week, is confident he will play an important part of Redknapp's impressive revolution in north London.

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But the teenager, who already has 12 full caps for Wales, is happy to be patient as Spurs move closer to Premier League survival.

Gunter said: "I got to the stage where I thought it would be nice to go out and play every week. I had Wales in the back of my mind with these two big games coming up.

"I've been told I have a part to play in Spurs' future. I think there's a great group of young players there and the manager has shown in his previous jobs that he'll give youngsters a chance.

"It's nice to go out and play some games and it means I come into these games feeling fit and sharp, and I couldn't be in better condition really."

The same could not be said for Spurs team-mate Ledley King, who Gunter has witnessed with amazement. The 28-year-old centre-back received a shock call up from England on Sunday and Gunter has watched in awe as the player puts in outstanding performances despite a serious knee injury.

"He's one of the best I've seen," Gunter said. "When people say Ledley doesn't really train, he doesn't. He just comes out on a Friday and he puts in great performances. If he didn't have a problem I think he would be one of the best in the world."

Wales, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of a central defender of their own. West Ham's James Collins, a key to John Toshack's team's slender hopes of qualifying for the World Cup finals, has missed his club's last five games with a calf problem and had to train alone on Tuesday.

Collins will attempt full training on Wednesday when a decision will be made as to whether he will be fit to face Finland.


Source: Telegraph

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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