Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has today defended Kyle Walker over the news that the player inhaled 'laughing gas' whilst on a night out in June.

Walker was pictured inhaling the potentially lethal - but legal - gas during the summer, but Villas-Boas is standing by his player.

Speaking at a press conference, AVB said on the matter: "I spoke with him before the story came out because the incident was a long time ago.

"The player has assumed the responsibility of having failed to set an example, which I think is something that is honourable, but you wouldn't expect him to do it again.

"He accepted the responsibility of having failed as a role model towards young people and I don't think we will see the incident again.

"He has assured me of what he has said publicly and what he told me before. He told me he was in the state of mind to play for England so I do not see any problems."

Walker, 22, took to Twitter to apologise before he played a full 90 minutes in England's 0-0 draw in Kiev on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile Villas-Boas himself endured an embarrassing moment when he had to be prompted by journalists to remember the name of £11.8 million signing Christian Eriksen, before going on to say that the player could be a future 'world star.'

The 35-year old also spoke about his squad as a whole ahead of the upcoming Premier League encounter with Norwich City, and he said: "At the moment every time we have to bond together is essential, to form a team.

"The players have really stepped up a level in terms of individual quality. It looks like a new start for us."

He added: "At the moment every time we have to bond together is essential, to form a team. The players have really stepped up a level in terms of individual quality. It looks like a new start for us.

"We have five fixtures in September that allow us to have the opportunity to throw them onto the pitch and see them develop."

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