Fit Anderton eyes World Cup
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, dubbed 'sicknote' due to his persistent injury problems, has played 30 games this season and is hopeful of booking a place in Sven Goran Eriksson's squad for the trip to the Far East in the summer.
"Dr McShane (American specialist) was recommended to me by a friend and I was lucky I found him," admitted Anderton.
"I had no idea what was wrong with my Achilles tendon but Dr McShane detected a tear using a special scanner.
"This is the most consistent season I can remember since I was a youngster."
Anderton is hopeful of making the England World Cup squad in the summer but fears the persistent injury trouble has deprived of him of that extra yard of pace.
"Going to the World Cup would be wonderful, but I am not expecting anything," said the ex-Portsmouth man.
"I am getting back to where I was and it is going well. But I don't know if I am as good as I used to be. All those operations have taken their toll on my pace.
"I am a different type of player now and if people think I am dominating games that is because I am playing in a good football team."
Meanwhile, another World Cup hopeful, Gary Doherty, is optimistic of returning to the Spurs line-up and making a late bid for a place in Ireland's squad.
"I am going to have to fight for a place but I need at least 10 games for Spurs to have a chance of a place in the World Cup squad."