Gareth Bale, Paul Gascoigne and Jimmy Greaves voted in Tottenham’s greatest all-time XI
Troubled Paul Gascoigne and seriously-ill Jimmy Greaves have been named in the greatest Tottenham Hotspur team of all time in a vote taken for the new book, Down Memory Lane.
Voted for by players, supporters and pundits in a considerable ballot, Gareth Bale is the only contemporary player to make the XI from the formidable list of Spurs stars throughout the north London club’s history.
All three of the Tottenham icons sent messages to the 20 Spurs legends gathering at Planet Hollywood in Haymarket on Tuesday for the presentation, and launch of the book, written by multiple award-winning football writer and broadcaster, Harry Harris.
Gascoigne, 49, who has endured a battle with alcoholism since retiring from professional football, said: ‘I had a great time at Spurs. The fans are still fantastic to me everywhere I go on my live shows. I will always have great memories and we had great fun in my time there. Thanks for this honour.’
Greaves, 76, who has also battled alcoholism and suffered a severe stroke last May, leaving him wheelchair-bound, commented: ‘I’m honoured to be picked in the greatest-ever Spurs team by the fans and ex-players. I loved my time there and thank you to everybody that voted.’
After the vote to laud Spurs’ greatest players in the club’s final year at White Hart Lane, Bale took time out of his recent contract negotiations with Real Madrid to speak of his joy at his inclusion.
The 27-year-old added: ‘Just wanted to say a big “thank you” to everyone who voted me in to the greatest Spurs team of all time. It is a huge honour to be picked alongside so many great players and part of such an amazing club. And best of luck to Harry on the book launch, I look forward to reading it.’
Bale will earn £150 million over the next six years in salaries and bonuses after signing a contract extension with Real until 2022, that will make him the best-paid player in the world.
The European champions confirmed on Sunday that the talismanic Welshman has committed his future to Los Blancos, whom he joined from Spurs in September 2013 for a then world-record transfer fee of £85m.
Tottenham’s greatest team (4-4-2): Jennings; Perryman, England, King, Knowles; Mackay, Hoddle, Ardiles, Gascoigne; Greaves, Bale.
Subs: Lloris, Mabbutt, Blanchflower, Modric, Jones, Ginola, Klinsmann, Lineker.
By John Downes
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