Caulker eager to earn his Spurs

Steven Caulker hopes to follow in the footsteps of Kyle Walker and force his way into the first team at Tottenham.

Caulker with the awkward pass...

Full-back Walker has been nominated for the PFA Young Player of the Year after a superb campaign for Spurs having spent last season on loan at Aston Villa.

And Caulker, who has impressed in 22 appearances at centre-half for Swansea this term, has targeted pre-season as a chance to prove he is good enough when he returns to Spurs.

The England U21 international told the Tottenham club website: "For me, going out on loan has been all about progression, trying to put myself in a position where I am ready to compete for a place at Spurs.

"Kyle has done brilliantly and has definitely shown the plus side of going out and learning your trade. I would love to follow in his footsteps and be alongside him at Spurs next season.

"Pre-season is going to be a crucial time for me, a time where I need to be at my best and show that I am worth a place in the squad."

Caulker had words of praise for Swansea and manager Brendan Rodgers, adding: "It has been an amazing experience. First and foremost playing under a fantastic manager.

"My confidence has grown throughout the season and my composure has increased so much. Now I want to take the ball from the goalkeeper and I know I've got options in front of me. It is a style I enjoy playing in."

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