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Chris Gunter still in Tottenham plans despite Nottingham Forest loan
Published : 24 Mar 2009 20:09:42Rss feed
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. Related ArticlesWeiss's City family valuesCan Ledley King survive a week with England?Tottenham spurn Chelsea's title chancesKing out of England squadPremier League actionLatest standings and statisticsGunter, who is expected to face the Fins at the Millennium Stadium, has not started a game for Spurs since the Uefa Cup exit at the hands of Shakhtar Donetsk, and last began a Premier League game in October, the 1-0 home defeat by Hull. 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.
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