Teddy Sheringham will follow in the footsteps of David Beckham by urging his manager not to rest him this weekend. Sir Alex Ferguson had hinted he would rest Beckham for last Wednesday's Champions' League fixture, following the England captain's heroics for his country in the World Cup qualifier with Greece the previous weekend. But Beckham wants to play all the time; the Manchester United manager granted his wish in Athens, and Beckham helped his team to a 2–0 win over Olympiakos.
England's other hero as they qualified for Korea/Japan 2002 was Sheringham, and his manager, Glenn Hoddle, knows the 35-year-old Tottenham striker will be raring to go when Derby visit White Hart Lane tomorrow night. When Sheringham was at Old Trafford he was part of Ferguson's rotation policy, but he will be happy to know Hoddle has no immediate plans to rest him.
"There isn't a player in my squad who doesn't want to play all the time, and Teddy is a good example of that," said Hoddle. "In the modern day it's a squad game, you just have to look at Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
"We have had a lot of injuries so we haven't been able to rest players, and I'll just have to see how the season develops. You don't set anything in stone, but you just keep an eye on things and see how they go."
Hoddle was delighted for Sheringham – who came off the England bench and scored with his first touch, then won the free-kick from which Beckham scored – and wants to see him go all the way to the competition proper in May and June.
"Teddy should be there or thereabouts for the finals," said Hoddle. "If there is a better striker playing in the role he is, then I would like to see him. Teddy has got that experience and has proved what an asset he is, whether he is starting or coming off the bench.
"If he continues the way he is now, he is a must for the World Cup finals. For a tournament of that level, we have quite a young side, and you need experienced men like Teddy. It was terrific to see Teddy come on and score the way he did. Then he was fouled to win the free-kick from which Beckham scored, so he had a massive contribution.
"The result gave the whole country a lift, and with Teddy playing so well I am sure Spurs fans were delighted. It is good that England have qualified for any major championship – that is what it is about, and it provides a big lift for football in general."
Spurs will have their recent big-money signing, Dean Richards, available on Monday. The former Southampton player missed Tuesday's 4-0 Worthington Cup victory over Tranmere because he was cup-tied, but will return against Derby.
Also expected back is Christian Ziege, who missed the Tranmere game with a knee injury that he picked up in Germany's 0-0 draw with Finland in the World Cup qualifier last Saturday.Reuse content