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Last Updated: Friday, 19 September, 2003, 16:24 GMT 17:24 UK
Nothing personal
Southampton striker James Beattie
James Beattie
Southampton and England striker

A lot has been made of our match against Spurs at White Hart Lane this weekend.

It's been built up as a grudge match because of the way we lost Glenn Hoddle and Dean Richards to Tottenham, but I think that's more down to the supporters.

Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle
Hoddle left Southampton acrimoniously in 2001
We certainly don't hold any grudge against Deano or Glenn. They had a chance to do what they thought would be better for them, and they decided to take it.

That goes for all walks of life, and I don't suppose too many of those who criticised Glenn would turn down the chance to take what they saw as their dream job.

We keep in touch with Deano, but we still want to beat them.

I took a bit of stick from the Wolves fans last week, who were questioning my England credentials.

I don't mind a bit of banter like that - it was all good-natured stuff - and the important thing is how you react to it.

It didn't get me angry, but it did motivate me to answer them in the only way I can on the pitch - by scoring.

They certainly didn't have too much to say when I scored my second goal!

The Champions League this week only served to whet our appetites for our own European adventure which starts next week against Steaua Bucharest.

I don't think there's many of us at Southampton who have experienced European club competition and we're all looking forward to it - it's certainly been a long time for the club.

We've got a tough draw in Steaua Bucharest who are still a big name in Europe.

St Mary's will be sold out, and it should be a great night, the sort you dream of when you become a professional footballer.

I don't think I'll be going into management - apart form the Fantasy League type
I had a trip to Southampton Boat Show this week, where I found it difficult to stop drooling.

There were some very nice and expensive toys there, a couple well into seven-figures.

I do like boats and I used to share a 35-foot power yacht with David Howells.

But when David retired through injury and moved away we sold the boat because it wasn't being put to good use.

I would like to buy another boat, but I just don't have the time at the moment to take the three or fours days you need to sail it across the Channel.

Perhaps when I retire I'll treat myself.

Talking of retirement - not that it's too close! - I don't think I'll be going into management - apart form the Fantasy League type.

I haven't got a Fantasy team at the moment, but I might well do one for next season.

Ruud van Nistelrooy
Van Nistelrooy would head Beattie's fantasy team strike force
Who would I have in it?

My main striker would be Ruud van Nistelrooy, and I would build my midfield around Roy Keane.

At the centre of defence, I would have my team-mate Claus Lundekvam, who is the most underrated defender in the country in my eyes.

In goal? Well, Antti Niemi was reckoned by most to be the best keeper in the Premiership last season, but as Paul Jones is keeping him out at the moment, I would find it hard to choose between the two of them.





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