Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Back in Business before This Season Has Even Finished

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Back in Business before This Season Has Even Finished

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Byline: Tom Collomosse and Charlie Pearce

FOUR capital teams kick-off their pre-seasons tomorrow -- 24 hours before the present campaign ends with the World Cup Final in Johannesburg. Tottenham, Watford, Millwall and Charlton all play their first friendlies while, incredibly, Dagenham and Redbridge had their first game on Wednesday. John Still's men beat Boreham Wood 4-0 just 38 days after the club's play-off final victory over Rotherham took them into League One.

Harry Redknapp is anxious to hit the ground running as Tottenham face the first leg of their Champions League playoff on either 17 or 18 August, just after their first League game against Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

The manager has chosen strong opponents as Tottenham build towards that crucial Euro fixture. When they return from their short tour of the US -- in which they face San Jose, New York Red Bulls and Sporting Lisbon -- Spurs take on Spanish club Villarreal at White Hart Lane on 29 July. …

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