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Dowson exclusive: Man Utd, Spurs legend Sheringham rated Venables the best

Alan Dowson has praised former England and Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham and claimed he was not surprised he went on to become one of the best strikers in Europe.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Tribal Football, Dowson recalled his time spent with Sheringham at Milwall, where he claimed the forward was the best player by a mile.

Dowson also played with Neil Ruddock and Tony Cascarino at Milwall and said the group remain close to this day.

"We still have Millwall reunions, even though I wasn't as good as some of the other players who where there at the same time." Dowson told Tribal Football.

"Teddy was the best player by a mile, you always knew at a young age he was going to go on to be good. Neil Ruddock had a decent career, but he was the best left-sided centre-half in England and could have done better.

"But Sheringham had no pace, but always thought two yards ahead of everyone else and I'm not surprised that he went on to be one of the best strikers in Europe. He couldn't get in behind but he was a good 400 metre runner so he had stamina and fitness. He could also get everyone around him to his running. You had Tony Cascarino, who was five years older than him, but Ted would still get him to do the running. But get him in the box, he was great in the air, his touch was second to none and he could finish with both feet."

Having played for England, Nottingham Forest, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, Sheringham worked under a number of great coaches including Sir Alex Ferguson and Brian Clough.

However, Dowson said that Sheringham rated Terry Venables as the best manager he had worked under.

"I was speaking to him the other day and, bearing in mind he has played under Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson, he said Terry Venables was the best manager he ever had, no comparison," Dowson said.

"He said in terms of man management, tactics and style of play, Venables was the best."

Dowson is currently the manager of National League side Woking, with the club ninth in the table, while Sheringham spent a brief spell as manager of Stevenage and Atletico de Kolkata since retiring.

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