Friedel not focused on personal glory

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Brad Friedel says he is only concerned with collective glory at Tottenham, after reaching yet another personal milestone in a fabulous career.

Spurs' encounter with Queens Park Rangers last Saturday represented his 300th consecutive start in the Premier League - a run that began at the start of the 2004-05 season when he was Blackburn's No.1.

It is certainly a remarkable record, and one the 40-year-old has held since passing David James' mark of 167 consecutive games in November 2008.

Friedel, though, struggles to savour personal landmarks if his team is not performing well collectively, and Spurs' defeat to QPR at Loftus Road left a sour taste for the American.

"I would have felt better had we’d won at QPR," he told the official Tottenham website.

"Whenever you hit milestones like that but don’t get the three points, you don’t want to think about it too much.

"It was the same when I scored a goal against Charlton (for Blackburn, February, 2004), but we ended up losing the game, you don’t want to talk about it.

"When I first came to the country it took me five years to get in with all the work permit problems, then I wasn’t a regular at Liverpool, so 300 games consecutively was a long shot back then.

"As things started rolling at Blackburn, game by game, no-one really mentioned the record to me until I went to Villa, that’s where I was getting towards a number that would break David James’ mark.

"I’ve been fortunate to keep fit since then. I broke the record at 167 games and here we are at 300.

"There have been a number of highlights, too many to pinpoint one, but I would say that all my debuts have been very special. They are games you remember."

In total, Friedel has made 542 appearances in English football, in a career spanning 15 seasons, and featuring spells at four Premier League clubs.

The veteran goalkeeper joined Tottenham last summer, and has impressed during his time at White Hart Lane, but next season is expected to be his last, having signed a two-year contract with the club.

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