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Sherwood orders Spurs players to shake Adam's hand

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has ordered his players to shake hands with Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam.

There are reports some may blank the Stoke midfielder after he injured Paulinho earlier in the campaign.

Sherwood dismissed such talk ahead of the trip to the Britannia Stadium, insisting there will be no such issues between his players and Adam this weekend.

"The players will do their duty and shake hands along that line to show respect to their opposition," he said of the player whose starting spot is far from assured anyway.

"I haven't heard the boys talking about Charlie Adam at all. They're just concentrating on the game. I don't think it's a problem.

"I would hate to think that every time I tackled someone they'd never shake my hand - I would never have had a handshake.

"Listen, Charlie is a combative player and he tries to do his job the best that he possibly can.

"I like my players to do the same and sometimes you're going to mistime them, but just get on with the game. It's part and parcel of it, unfortunately."

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