Stevenage v Tottenham: Match Preview


Stevenage v Tottenham
F.A Cup Fifth Round
Broadhall Way
Sunday, May 18. Kick-off: 1400



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Tottenham are expected to field a strong side for their F.A Cup fifth round tie against Stevenage on Sunday, but will be without Rafael Van der Vaart and William Gallas, who remain sidelined through injury.


Younes Kaboul is nearing full fitness but is unlikely to be risked while Ledley King is in a similar position, meaning January signing Ryan Nelson may get a run out.


Stevenage meanwhile have no new injury concerns going into the game with manager Gary Smith likely to opt for the same line up that beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 last weekend, meaning former Spurs goalkeeper Chris Day should play against his old cub.


Redkanpp focused on Stevenage cup clash


Harry Redknapp has insisted he is not distracted by ongoing speculation linking him with the vacant England job, saying he is focusing instead on Tottenham’s F.A Cup fifth round tie against Stevenage on Sunday.


Redknapp is the heavy favourite to fill the post vacated by Fabio Capello earlier this month.


The Italian quit as Three Lions boss after disagreeing with the F.A over their decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy armband, and now Redknapp has been linked with taking over the role ahead of the European Championships this summer.


However the 64-year-old remains adamant that he has not been distracted by the on-going speculation, and says he remains totally focused on delivering Spurs into the quarter finals as well as maintaining his side’s title tilt.


‘It is not a distraction, not at all,' Redknapp said ahead of Sunday’s clash. ‘I have just been thinking about Stevenage all week. My focus has to be on trying to get Tottenham as high as I can in the table.

'I can't start thinking about anything else really.' He added.


The Tottenham players demonstrated their desire to keep Redknapp at the club with a scintillating performance in their 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle last Saturday.

'The players came out, got on with it and played fantastic against Newcastle so it didn't distract anybody,' Redknapp said of the performance.


'The whole team were outstanding. The way we played was top class and that was important.'

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