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Keane convinced size doesn’t matter

By Adrian Curtis
TOTTENHAM striker Robbie Keane insists he and Jermain Defoe have a future together as an attacking partnership as they prepare to face rock-bottom Sunderland on Sunday.

Coach Martin Jol paired the diminutive strike force together against Charlton last weekend and England striker Defoe grabbed a brace in a 3-1 win at White Hart Lane.

But with Spurs waiting for the return of striker Mido from international duty with Egypt, Keane wants Jol to give them another chance to shine at the Stadium of Light.

Jol prefers to play a target man and smaller striker in attack but his views may have changed following Keane and Defoe’s double act against Charlton.

Republic of Ireland international Keane said: "There are a few people saying we can’t (play together), but we know we can.

"There’s no point playing high balls up to us. The manager knows that and so does the team and we proved on Sunday against Charlton we could make it work."

The duo look likely to be paired together again on Sunday after Egyptian striker Mido, who was expected back in the country after his bust up with Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, apologised to his coach last night.

Mido helped Egypt to the final of the African Nations Cup, but was banned for six months by his country after a touchline row with the coach after being taken off in the semi-final against Senegal.

However, Mido apologised for his actions last night and although he will not start - he may be on the bench for the final against the Ivory Coast today in Cairo.

In the meantime, Keane has spoken for the first time about his training ground bust-up with Dutch star Edgar Davids. Playing down the row, Keane said: "I’m passionate about football and Edgar’s the same.

"We were good mates before that and we still are and I’ve been around long enough to know it’s nothing unusual for something like that to happen during training."

Spurs have doubts about Davids (stress fracture) while Teemu Tainio is likely to miss out on the trip to the north east because of an ankle problem.