KELLER RECALL SPARKS WORLD CUP HOPE
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Rayo Vallecano and Leicester City keeper was handed the chance to impress when Neil Sullivan's form slipped and grasped the opportunity with both hands.
Not being a first team regular has seen popular Keller dropped to reserve to Blackburn's Brad Friedel - but he is confident that if he continues to keep Sullivan out then he will be in with a shot of selection.
"Brad Friedel is my main competitor for the USA team and he has had a very good year with Blackburn," said Keller.
"For me it would have been very difficult to expect to challenge to play in the World Cup if I went the whole of this season without playing for Tottenham.
"I played in the majority of the qualifying games - but Brad has played the last couple when I have not been playing first-team football.
"It was a bit of a worry for me. I have a good history with the national side but it is still difficult for the manager to choose you if you are not playing regularly.
"I knew when I came to Spurs that I was going to have to be a little bit patient.
"The first month was difficult because I was going to games knowing I wasn't going to play, something I really haven't done since my early days at Millwall.
"But now I've got the chance and I just want to get a good run going at Tottenham to help my World Cup chances - but also knowing that if I slip up then the manager will have no hesitation in putting Neil back in."