boss Gareth Southgate has warned he will not be sucked in by Tottenham
counterpart Harry Redknapp's claims his squad is depleted by injury and fatigue.
The two sides meet at White Hart Lane tonight (Wednesday) and Redknapp has said Boro should be delighted to meet a side still recovering from Sunday's Carling Cup final defeat to Manchester United following extra time and penalties.
Don't make me laugh: Southgate (left) reckons he is wise to Harry's game
Boro head into the game having beaten title hopefuls Liverpool at the weekend but Southgate will take Redknapp's comments with a pinch of salt and is refusing to write off Spurs' chances.
'I read what Harry said but we won't be getting sucked into what he was going on about,' said Southgate. 'In any case, we've looked at the players Spurs have got available and there's a lot of them.
'They've got a large squad with strength in depth. And they've got players like (Robbie) Keane, (Jonathan) Woodgate, (Pascal) Chimbonda, (Wilson) Palacios and (Carlo) Cudicini who did not take any part in the Carling Cup final.
'So Harry will be able to put a good team out and one which will have a lot of fresh legs. We will be ready for a hard game. If we are to get anything there we will have to be at our very best.
'It's a big game for Spurs just as it is for us.'
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