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Tottenham's Welsh kids aiming to surprise Pavlyuchenko

Tottenham's Welsh kids Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale are ready to face new teammate and Russia star Roman Pavlyuchenko tomorrow night.

Gunter said: "We both met him when he came to the training ground ahead of his transfer. But he hasn't a clue who we are. So maybe he'll be a bit surprised when he sees us both in the opposition on Wednesday.

"We are both going to do our best to ruin his night. Then we will have plenty of ammunition for when he turns up at our training ground later in the week."

He added: "He's not bad, is he? I watched him play in the European finals and he was a bit special. He popped in to see us all last week, but apart from hello and a few laughs I don't think me and Gareth have registered with him yet.

"But maybe he will recognise us in Moscow. We will both remind him who we are and that he is about to become our team-mate."

He added: "And then, with a bit of luck, we'll have some stuff to take the mickey out of him when he arrives back at the Spurs training ground. He's not the best speaker in English and although he was introduced to us all, I doubt he will have a clue that he will be facing us in Moscow. We'll need to give him a little kick, or something. There's no friends when it comes to Wales.

"But when we met him he seemed like a really nice guy and hopefully he can do well for us after the international break. We didn't want to say too much to him until hopefully after we beat him."

Gunter and Bale both played at full-back in the Barclays Premier League draw at Chelsea last month, and were the stars of the show when Wales beat Azerbaijan in Cardiff in their opening qualifier on Saturday.

And Gunter is delighted that Spurs boss Juande Ramos has shown faith in the Welsh pair.

He said: "He has got faith in us, he proved that at Chelsea, to play with two 19-year-olds on either side of his back line. But I don't think it's really about your age. If you are good enough you will play.

"Playing Russia in our next qualifier will be tough. But we have got three points from the Azerbaijan game and we will face Russia now with a bit of confidence. We all know that for all of us, this is the time to really kick on now and do something in this qualification group."

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