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Pochettino hails retiring Brad Friedel





Mauricio Pochettino has heaped praise on the retiring Brad Friedel, but the Tottenham head coach suggested there was unlikely to be a sentimental final appearance for the veteran goalkeeper.

After a career spanning three decades, the the American, who turns 44 on Monday, is at last calling time on his playing career, 17 years after first arriving in England.

The former Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa goalkeeper is this summer hanging up his gloves and returning to the United States, where he will become an analyst, pundit and co-commentator for Fox Sports as well as Tottenham's club ambassador there.

Friedel, capped 82 times at international level, may not have managed a single minute since Pochettino arrived as head coach last summer, yet the Argentinian only had praise for the outgoing keeper.

"It's a very special moment for him," he said.

"It's been a real pleasure to work with him and to know him because he's a top man, a top professional and it was fantastic to spend time with him this season.

"It's not easy at 44, but all his career he was very professional, he was one of the best keepers in England.

"I think he's crossed the line now because he wants to, not because his body says, 'I cannot play any more'.

"He's in a very good level in his physical condition," he added.