Woodgate wants Wembley win
Jonathan Woodgate wants to put his injury woes behind him by collecting the first winner's medal of his career.
Last Updated: 17/02/08 12:26pm
Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate wants to put his injury woes behind him by collecting the first winner's medal of his career.
The former Leeds, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Middlesbrough defender has seen his playing career badly disrupted by injuries.
However, Woodgate, who joined Tottenham from Boro in the January transfer window, is out to make up for lost time when Spurs take on Chelsea in the Carling Cup final next Sunday.
Woodgate will be available for selection at Wembley after Boro manager Gareth Southgate opted not use the centre-back earlier in the competition.
And Woodgate is grateful to his former boss for allowing him the opportunity to appear at Wembley.
"I can't thank Gareth Southgate enough for that," Woodgate said in the News of the World. "It's every kids dream to play at Wembley and I'm no different.
"After all the time I have had out of football I really cherish the chance to win a cup. I've played in four semi-finals in my time but never a final.
"And I've never appeared at Wembley. The nearest I came to it was for England in the last game with Switzerland when I sat on the bench. Now I have the chance of winning the Carling Cup."
And Woodgate is confident Spurs can defeat Chelsea and also sample success in the Uefa Cup after taking a first leg lead against Slavia Prague in the last 32 of the competition.
"I would have thought somewhere along the line something would have happened for me but hopefully I can change it all around with Spurs," Woodgate added.
"Chelsea is a tall order but this team has the experience, desire and ability to push on.
"Not only that, I also think we can go a long way in the Uefa Cup."