Where are Spurs’ 2008 League Cup-winning side now?
The last time Tottenham won a trophy was in the League Cup in 2008. They beat Chelsea 2-1. Their next chance to win some silverware comes in the exact same competition against the same opposition.
While Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and company prepare themselves for the opportunity to become club heroes by lifting the trophy, at odds of 2/1 with Ladbrokes, it seems appropriate to remember the XI that started at Wembley seven years ago and find out where they are now:
Robinson’s error allowed Didier Drogba to net the opener in 2008, convincing Juande Ramos his Lilywhite career was over. The England stopper left for Blackburn that summer and is still there after 189 appearances. He doesn’t currently make their bench.
The Wembley appearance was only Hutton’s third in a Spurs shirt having arrived that January from Rangers. He was sold to Aston Villa in 2011 and has only just regained his first-team spot this term after three loan stints away.
Like Hutton, the former Real Madrid centre-half had arrived at White Hart Lane in January. His winning header was the first of three goals for Spurs. After a stint with Stoke in 2011, Woodgate moved to boyhood-club Middlesbrough, where he still plays.
Chronic knee injuries limited King’s appearances over the years, but he remained a highly-regarded defender until his retirement in 2012. He now performs ambassadorial duties for the only club he ever played for.
Since collecting his League Cup winners’ medal the French left-back has signed for eight clubs. Among them are non-league outfit Market Drayton Town, who he never appeared for, Doncaster Rovers and Carlisle United. He is now at French Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon.
Technically, the winger is the only member of the starting XI still employed by Spurs, although he is currently out on loan at Everton.
Not officially retired, but not officially wanted by any professional club either, the free-agent midfielder is a talking head for hire to the likes of the BBC, ITV and BT Sport.
After swapping north London for Sevilla, Zokora has settled in Turkey. 78 appearances after signing for Trabzonspor, he has found a spot in the Akhisar Belediyespor first-team this season under manager Roberto Carlos.
Malbranque joined Sunderland the season after claiming League Cup victory. He retired after making one appearance for St Etienne in 2011 but returned to football a year later with Lyon and is still a fixture in the side.
The League Cup was the only major honour of Keane’s career before he moved to the MLS with LA Galaxy. Since rocking up Stateside the Irishman has collected three MLS Cup’s and will join forces with Steven Gerrard for a fourth this year.
Of all of Spurs’ starting XI Berbatov is unquestionably playing the highest standard currently. Leading AS Monaco’s line in the temporary absence of Radamel Falcao, the languid Bulgarian managed to delight Lilywhites seven years after his departure, by scoring in the 3-1 Champions League rout of Arsenal.
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