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Wednesday, 28 March, 2001, 07:01 GMT 08:01 UK
Cottee completes the set
Tony Cottee
Cottee was at Barnet before Millwall
Tony Cottee completed his football set on Tuesday night when he made his debut for Millwall in Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Wycombe.

The 35-year-old has now played in England's top four leagues in one season.

Goalkeeper Eric Nixon achieved the feat in the 1986-87 season when Manchester City loaned him to Southampton, Bradford, Carlisle and Wolves.

But Cottee met his achievement with ambivalence. "I don't know if it's a good achievement or a bad one to be honest," he said.

After starting the season at Premiership Leicester, 35-year-old Cottee moved to First Division Norwich.


I never expected to go to Norwich or Barnet or Millwall so it's funny how it's worked out
  Tony Cottee
He then took over as player-boss of Third Division Barnet, before joining Division Two promotion-chasers Millwall on deadline day.

Cottee, who won seven England caps in the late 1980s, said: "When you start the season in the Premiership you don't expect to finish in the Second Division, although I have enjoyed my time."

The former West Ham and Everton striker added: "The difference between the divisions has been obvious - top quality in the Premier, the first was just a bit quick, the third had a lot of big lads huffing and puffing while the second I hope will see a lot of good football being played."

Despite having been Leicester's top scorer in the past two seasons, Cottee failed to get on the scoresheet this term before he left the Foxes.

So he will not achieve the feat of having scored in all four divisions in one season.

However, he does still have a couple of targets in mind.

"I would like to help Millwall get promotion as I've never been part of any promotion side before - and if we get into the First Division I would like to carry on playing there."

And on a personal front Cottee is closing in on the total of 300 career goals.

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