Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is grateful to manager Andre Villas-Boas for his support this season.

Caulker has been impressive since returning to Spurs from a season-long loan spell at Swansea.

"It's important for a player to know that if you're training well and playing well, you'll be in the team," he said. "It's not nice when there are favourites. I think the manager has brought that in and I am happy.

"He has brought a few youngsters in, myself included, and he has pushed us forward. There's a good mood in the camp and I hope that continues.

"The main thing for me is that I'm now going into the international break having played a few games for the team. I have a couple of big games coming up for the England Under-21s against Serbia and I am confident we can get two wins."