Tottenham defender Caulker up for Lazio test

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is looking forward to facing Europa League opponents Lazio in Rome.

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is looking forward to facing Europa League opponents Lazio in Rome.

Caulker lines up in Spurs’ defence just a month after being a target for racist abuse from Serbia fans while playing for the England Under-21s on in a night of shame in Krusevac.

Caulker, 20, added: “I think Lazio will be a tough test — every game so far has been tough. But we are ready for it.

“I feel I am growing up quickly. Obviously there have been a lot of experiences off the pitch. But going out on loan so early, when I was just 17, I had to deal with a lot of off-pitch experiences as well as on-the-pitch ones.

“I am not worried about the atmosphere here. My hopes and aims are that football does the talking. Italy is a great footballing country so I hope that will be the talking point.”

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