Where are they now? Spurs' first ever Champions League XI

On the 14th September 2010, Harry Redknapp led his exciting Spurs side into their first ever UEFA Champions League group stage experience. Following a dramatic comeback in the play-off round against BSC Young Boys, the club travelled to Germany to face Werder Bremen in the opening group game. They began brightly, and an own goal from Petri Pasanen was followed by a Peter Crouch header. Despite a Bremen comeback to nick a point, Tottenham’s attacking intent set the marker for the rest of the European campaign. I will now look back at Spurs’ lineup for that match, and see what each of the players who featured have achieved in the years since.

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23. Carlo Cudicini

The well renowned Italian goalkeeper was a loyal understudy to Heurelho Gomes in his years at the club and was reliable when called upon. However, in the 2012-13 season, the signing of Hugo Lloris sparked a transfer away in January. He signed for LA Galaxy and hung up his gloves a year later, in early 2014. In the years since he has looked to develop his skills as a coach. In 2015 he became the Republic of Ireland’s U21 goalkeeping coach. In 2016, He also joined Antonio Conte’s back room staff at Chelsea as an assistant, and a club ambassador.

22. Vedran Corluka

He made the right back position his own during his first two seasons at the club, but problems began to emerge for the Croatian in the 2010-11 season. A period saw Alan Hutton replace him at right back, and then he completely lost his place following the emergence of Kyle Walker in the 2011-2012 season. He left on loan for Bayer Leverkusen in January 2012, before signing permanently for Lokomotiv Moscow in June 2012. Now 32, Corluka has stayed at the Russian side and was also included in Croatia’s squad for the 2018 World Cup, where they finished runners up.

26. Ledley King

It was Ledley’s dream to lead his beloved Tottenham into the Champions League, and he finally got his wish. A career unfortunately blighted by injury finally concluded at the end of the 2011-12 season. The English defender has spent the six years following his retirement as a very active club ambassador. He is still loved heavily by fans of all ages.

4.Younes Kaboul

The Frenchman is still just about playing Premier League football at the age of 32, having ended his second spell at White Hart Lane in the summer of 2015. A year long spell at Sunderland was followed by a transfer to Watford, and he is still playing his football at Vicarage Road. Recently, he has been left out of Watford’s 25-man Premier League squad so a move away in January is likely.

32. Benoit Assou-Ekotto

The controversial Cameroonian was first choice left back at the club for a few years, and impressed especially when Gareth Bale was further forward. He moved to Queens Park Rangers on loan for a Redknapp reunion in 2013. However, he remained at Spurs in the 2014-15 season, but played no part and was eventually released in 2015. He then joined St Etienne for a season, before signing for Metz. He was released by them in the summer of 2018. He hasn’t retired or joined another club yet.

3. Gareth Bale

Do I even need to say? The Welsh wizard is one of the best players in the world and is fresh from his brace in the Champions League final in 2018. He made himself a worldwide name in 2010-11, before a sensational 2012-13 earned him a then world record move to Real Madrid. In this time, he has won four Champions League titles. He will go down in history and is the main man at Madrid following Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus move.

8. Jermaine Jenas

Jenas was a fans favourite in North London during his time at Spurs, and a playing career lead to a successful transition into punditry. He joined Aston Villa on loan during the 2011-12 season, before a short spell at Nottingham Forest. His final club was Queens Park Rangers. Injury problems plagued his career, and the 2013-14 season was his final one. In late 2014, he joined ITV Sport doing punditry work for the Europa League, and his media career sparked from there. He currently works for BT Sport and BBC.

6. Tom Huddlestone

The Englishman is still going strong at the age of 31, having left Tottenham for the start of the 2013-14 season. He continued to play Premier League football at Hull City and spent four seasons at the club. He memorably opted to not shave his hair until he next scored a goal. This eventually lasted two and half years, before he netted for Hull against Fulham in December 2013. This raised a lot of money for Cancer Research UK. He now plies his trade for Derby County.

7. Aaron Lennon

The pacey winger spent ten years at Spurs following his signing from Leeds United in 2005. He began to lose regular football at White Hart Lane in 2014-15, and joined Everton on loan in the January transfer window. He signed on a permanent deal in the summer of 2015. Despite impressing in spells, his spell at Goodison Park was ended in January 2018 as he joined Burnley.

11. Rafael van der Vaart

Rafa was an exceptionally gifted player and spent two incredible seasons at White Hart Lane. He left following the arrival of Andre Villas-Boas, and the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson. He joined German sign Hamburg in the summer of 2012, and even today speaks of his regret in leaving Spurs so soon. Later spells at Real Betis, FC Midtjylland and Esbjerg followed.

15. Peter Crouch

The unique striker has only just stopped playing regular Premier League football, despite now being 37 years old. The Englishman left Spurs in the summer of 2011 for Stoke City, following the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor. He remains at the Bet 365 Stadium and is playing Sky Bet Championship football in 2018-19. 

The current team kick off their 2018-19 Champions League adventure at the San Siro next Tuesday and will look to go further than what the 2010-11 side achieved, as they reached a quarter final.

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