Teddy Sheringham Talks Ahead of Spurs vs Man Utd in Shanghai

By Ned Kelly, April 8, 2019

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With Tottenham Hotspur taking on Manchester United on Thursday, July 25 at Hongkou Football Stadium in the 2019 International Champions Cup Shanghai, we caught up with Spurs legend Teddy Sheringham (and Dwight Yorke – read that interview here) for some quick fire questions...

Career highlight?
Playing for England in Euro 96. It is the pinnacle of anyone's career, playing for England. And to have a major competition at Wembley – beautiful, with an amazing atmosphere.

Favorite goal?
I'll take two – my header, and my right foot rebound against the Netherlands in Euro 96. That whole day was just incredible. Any goal against Arsenal was always good too. Oh, and my goal against Chelsea in the semi final of the Worthington Cup was special.

Did the partnership with Shearer come naturally?
He was the focal point of the team, and you had to adapt to him to become his partner. There were a lot of player around at the time – Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Ian Wright – all vying to be his strike partner because he was the best of the best. So it was a question of adapting, working round him and making sure I was the right partner.

Before that tournament England toured China, what do you remember about that?
We playing the national team in Beijing's Workers Stadium. I just remember it being very, very hot. Good preparation for the tournament.

And you ended up on a dentist chair in Hong Kong?
No comment.

Toughest opponent?
Fabio Cannavaro. He wasn't biggest, wasn't the strongest, wasn't the most mobile; he just had a clever brain. It seemed like he got there before me every time. He had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He read the game very, very well.

You played under Brian Clough – what is your best Cloughy story?
I asked him not to call me Edward; only my mum calls me Edward. And he said, "Okay Edward, welcome to Nottingham." And walked off. He continued to call me Edward my entire time at Forest.

Best player ever played with?
Gazza. He was a special talent. He did things very, very naturally. It is just a shame he got injured at such an early age, he could have been a proper world beater. 

Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United, Thursday July 25, 7.30pm, Hongkou Football StadiumFor tickets, visit www.hongkoupw.com or call +86 21 5696 7633.

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