24th February 2008. A famous date: the last time Tottenham Hotspur won a major trophy — and that means Spurs’ wait for silverware has stretched to 13 years.
It was, of course, Juande Ramos that led Spurs to the League Cup when they defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley all those years ago.
And so, to rub it in about how long ago it actually is, here is a list of where that Tottenham’s 2007/2008 League Cup-winning side are today – and also, how their careers fared after that day.
GK: Paul Robinson
Robinson had a largely successful career, despite this being the only trophy he won. The goalkeeper grabbed 41 England caps. But he’s mostly remembered by one thing: his iconic goal against Watford.
The ex-England goalkeeper has ventured into the media and you’ll probably see him on Sky Sports from time to time.
RB: Alan Hutton
The ‘Scottish Cafu’ won this League Cup less than a month into his three-year stay at White Hart Lane before moving to Villa in 2011.
He made 185 league appearances for the West Midlands club but hung up his boots at the start of this season. The Scottish right-back is now starting to venture into the media.
CB: Jonathan Woodgate
Well, this is very timely. The centre-back — who scored the winning goal for Spurs in the final — has just been appointed the manager of promotion-chasing Bournemouth until the end of season.
Before that, in 2019, he was appointed head coach of Middlesbrough which was quite unsuccessful… but clearly Bournemouth disagree.
CB: Ledley King
Wow, what can I even say? An absolute club legend – but his career was famously thwarted from the heights it should have hit due to injuries. He retired as a one-club man in 2012.
He joined Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff this summer and Ledley will always remain an absolute legend.
LB: Pascal Chimbonda
RM: Aaron Lennon
Ah, Aaron Lennon. One of the two members of that team still actively playing professional football for Kayserispor in Turkey.
A cult-hero at N17 – turning out over ten seasons between 2005 and 2015. He dazzled with his pace and disappointed with end product.
Never change, Aaron.
CM: Jermaine Jenas
Jenas’ footballing days are a distant memory after an early retirement at 32, but he is now a big-time pundit and commentator for BT Sport.
He also is a regular on Match of the Day and may even be lined up to replace Gary Lineker as host one day.
CM: Didier Zokora
The midfielder is Ivory Coast’s most-capped player and had spells in Turkey, India and Indonesia. He is now the assistant boss at AFAD Djekanou.
LM: Steed Malbranque
The left-winger spent a decade in England. Like Lennon, he is still active at FC Limonest Saint-Didier in France at the ridiculous age of 41.
ST: Robbie Keane
The legendary Irish striker had a great goal-scoring career, especially with Spurs, but after retiring in 2018 – his coaching career began with Middlesbrough under his team-mate in the final Woodgate. He is now the assistant manager under him again, at Bournemouth.
ST: Dimitar Berbatov
Surely one of the most talented Spurs players in recent times – it makes sense that he became the most successful player from this team.
Two Premier Leagues, a FIFA Club World Cup, and another League Cup with Man Utd.
The Bulgarian is now a Betfair ambassador.
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