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Ledley King, Paul Gascoigne, Harry Kane… Tottenham’s best-ever XI as Spurs prepare for their final game at White Hart Lane

Martin Lipton reveals his favourite line-up from his lifetime as the north London club prepare for an emotional farewell

THERE are no wrong answers. Only opinions. And every Spurs fan has their own cast list of heroes.

You can only really choose, though, the players you have seen.

There's no room for Danny Blanchflower in the White Hart Lane XI

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There’s no room for Danny Blanchflower in the White Hart Lane XI

That means, in selecting the best Spurs XI of my life, possibly half of the players who would walk into some all-time teams cannot even be considered.


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I first went to the Lane in 1972. So, no Ron Burgess or Len Duquemin.

No Brown, Blanchflower, Norman, Mackay, White, Smith or Greaves, the greatest finisher in the history of English football, either.

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Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa don't make the Tottenham line-up

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Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa don't make the Tottenham line-up

Even then, there are a few I'd have wanted to include.

Apologies, then, to Mike England, Gary Mabbutt, Ossie Ardiles, Ricky Villa, David Ginola, Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann and most of Mauricio Pochettino's current side...

And all the others I've had to leave out.

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Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham are just two more to miss out

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Jurgen Klinsmann and Teddy Sheringham are just two more to miss out

I've gone for a 4-1-3-2 formation. It's a little bit open. But we are talking about Spurs, remember...

Pat Jennings

HANDS as big as buckets, a calming presence and just about the only man as popular among Arsenal fans as he is with Tottenham supporters.

Instinctive shot-stopper too, and narrowly edged out Ray Clemence and Hugo Lloris.

Steve Perryman (captain)

Steve Perryman skippers the Tottenham XI from right-back

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Steve Perryman skippers the Tottenham XI from right-back

There weren't too many positions Perryman did not fill in a Spurs shirt and I simply had to have him in.

So, right-back it is, which means plenty miss out.

Toby Alderweireld

BELGIAN stopper has transformed Spurs from a side that paid lip-service to the concept of defensive solidity into the Premier League's mean machine.

Ledley King

A NATURAL Rolls Royce of a centre-half, who filled the void left by Sol Campbell's bitter exit and gave hope to starving, desperate supporters.

If only he had been fitter, for longer.

Cyril Knowles

Cyril Knowles takes the left-back spot in the White Hart Lane XI

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Cyril Knowles takes the left-back spot in the White Hart Lane XI

THE first left-back I saw at Spurs and for 30 years the one who all his successors were judged against.

Quality left peg made him outstanding at both ends. Tragically taken far too young. Nice one, Cyril.

Mousa Dembele

SO many flair players but you need an anchor too.

Ardiles, with his nimble feet was a contender but the Belgian had such a fusion of power, strength, purpose and dexterity that I give him the nod, even if it's not his entirely natural role.

Chris Waddle

Chris Waddle loved his time at Tottenham and makes it into the team

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Chris Waddle loved his time at Tottenham and makes it into the team

CHEMISTRY means so much and watching Waddle take up the ball, link with his team-mates and look to hurt any opponent was a true joy.

Scored some absolute belters, too. He loved his time at The Lane.

Glenn Hoddle

FOR fans of my vintage, the King.

The greatest passer we ever saw, a player who you knew would show you something incredible every week.

And with a shot like thunder from both feet. How did he only earn 53 caps?

Paul Gascoigne

Troubled but brilliant Paul Gascoigne waltzes into the Tottenham XI

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Troubled but brilliant Paul Gascoigne waltzes into the Tottenham XI

FLAWED, yes. Troubled too. But a football genius, simple as that.

If he had not been flogged to help keep the club alive, if he had not been so hyper, who knows what Spurs and England could have achieved.

Dele Alli

HUNTING for a second striker is not easy.

Alan Gilzean, Nick Barney, Sheringham and others will have their supporters but watching Dele's
development over the past two seasons has been a true joy.

He has so much more to give as well.

Harry Kane

Harry Kane and Dele Alli warrant a place in the XI with their sublime form

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Harry Kane and Dele Alli warrant a place in the XI with their sublime form

ANOTHER tough choice. It means no place for Klinsmann, Lineker, Sheringham, Defoe or Chivers.

But Kane has something else, that genuine love for the club, that means the bond is as tight with him as it was with Perryman and Hoddle.

He's prolific, capable of scoring from 25 yards or 25 inches, with either foot. Pretty good in the air
too.

More crucially, and unquestionably, he's one of our own.