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Caulker keen to seize chance

Steven Caulker is hoping to boost his chances of prolonging his stay in the England squad by subduing Germany striker Miroslav Klose when Tottenham take on Lazio on Thursday.

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Steven Caulker: Hoping to keep Miroslav Klose quiet when Spurs face Lazio

Steven Caulker: Hoping to keep Miroslav Klose quiet when Spurs face Lazio

Caulker was expected to play a bit-part role at Spurs this season, but some excellent pre-season form, and an injury to Younes Kaboul mean the 20-year-old has become a regular at the heart of the team's defence so far this season.

So impressive were his performances at the Olympics over the summer that England manager Roy Hodgson called the centre-back into his squad for the Three Lions' friendly against Italy in August.

Caulker, who was on loan at Swansea last season, then went on to earn his first cap in last week's friendly in Sweden and he is determined to fill the void left in the national squad by John Terry.

And with Germany striker Klose - a man who has caused England and English domestic teams so many problems in the past - facing him in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night, the defender hopes he can prove to Hodgson that he deserves to extend his stay in the Three Lions squad.

"Every game in a Spurs shirt is a chance to prove myself at international level," said Caulker.

"Lazio have a German striker in Klose so I have a chance to prove myself again and get my place back in the England squad."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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