Teddy Sheringham Q&A: Former striker discusses Tottenham, Man Utd and England
Teddy Sheringham enjoyed an illustrious career, winning the treble with Manchester United as well as being named Tottenham's player of the year in the 1994/95 season.
After starting out at Millwall, Sheringham also played for Nottingham Forest and West Ham and won 51 caps for England, scoring 11 goals, featuring at Euro 96 and the World Cup in 1998 and 2002.
Here, BetStars News caught up with the 52-year-old to get his thoughts on former clubs Tottenham and Manchester United and England's World Cup prospects.
Is Pochettino the most important signing for Spurs this summer?
Yes. For me, it's all about the manager. For every club I've played for, the manager makes everyone tick. It doesn't matter who the players are. It's a fantastic signing for Spurs.
How do Spurs go that one step further after Wembley heartbreak?
They've got to get a trophy, there's no excuses. They're always in and around but they're not quite getting there. When you look at Manchester United and how they became a colossal power, they kept getting into the quarter-finals and semi-finals year on year. Eventually something has to go your way but it's the consistency of getting yourself in the latter stages that helps you go one step further. Tottenham are slowly getting third or fourth in the League consistently and getting the semi-finals more regularly now, so it's only a matter of time. They're evolving as a club, but it's all about the next stage.
How difficult will it be to keep Harry Kane?
He could go anywhere in the world he chooses if he were to leave tomorrow. He's that good. He's the best number nine in the world. He's a player you've got to keep but it will be very difficult to do so.
Are Manchester United missing a Kane-type player?
They did just spend £70-80m on Lukaku so that's a bit harsh. They're missing the x-factor. They've got a lot of fantastic players and probably too many if I'm being honest. If you had half the players they've got, you'd work with them as a team rather than being a group of individuals. No one really knows what the formation is in each game and they'll need to work on this for next season.
You hope they aren't just buying expensive players for the sake of it. Jose would say differently. There's clearly something missing. They're used to winning things and they need to get back to it.
Is Mourinho still the right man to take United forward?
He knows how to win trophies. It's a transitional period for them. He's a winner and he'll continue to do so.
What would your words of advice be to Harry Kane captaining England at such a young age?
Don't do too much. He leads by example on the pitch. Everyone is different in how they captain the team. I prefer centre-halves and centre-midfielders as captains, but Gareth has gone for Kane, in the same mould as Shearer and Lineker. It's not easy leading from the front, as long as you lead by example people will follow. He's our one world class player, our talisman so it makes sense.
Which players are you most looking forward to watching this summer?
I'm looking forward to seeing how Gareth Southgate performs. It's a big summer for him. It's not one single player, it's how they perform as a team. As long as they don't come back from Russia having disgraced themselves, not getting out of the group, that will hold England in good stead for the Euros in two years' time. We're going into this World Cup with an inexperienced squad, so if they can hold their heads high after the tournament, they've got a bright future.
If we went out in the group stages, it would be very hard for Southgate and the team to move forward, that's the nature of the fans and media in this country. We just need to look like there's promise in the team. Keeping his job and keeping those players together can be very beneficial for England in the future.
How do England guard against complacency against the likes of Panama and Tunisia?
It's tough. You can lose any game. You've got to have your mind right and do a professional job. Gareth is a professional guy, he'll make sure there's no complacency in that squad. The Panama game smacks of the Iceland game. It looks like it should be easy but there aren't any easy games anymore.
How far can England go this summer?
You'd say quarter-finals is a good result, but that's not always the case. I think the most important thing is to show those promising factors. Things to get the fans excited for the years to come.
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