By Matt Farr
Former Tottenham and England midfielder Darren Anderton admits there was an opportunity for him to play for Rangers.
The 45-year-old, who was best known for his 12-year stint at White Hart Lane, played for five English clubs before hanging up his boots in 2008.
He also represented England 30 times at the international stage, scoring seven goals, and making appearances at Euro 1996 and at the 1998 World Cup.
However, he has recently admitted that there was a possibility he could have moved to Scotland and signed for Rangers, at one stage of his career.
He told the Evening Times: “At one point there was a chance for me to come and play for Rangers. Unfortunately it didn’t happen which was a bit disappointing because when I see their support it’s amazing.
“I’ve played in a lot of charity games, the most recent being at Fleetwood for Fernando Ricksen in March and it was incredible.”
Anderton could also have switched allegiances to the Scotland national team at the age of just 16, due to the nationality of his father.
But the Tottenham icon also revealed that then-manager Andy Roxburgh had told him that he was not good enough, following a trial period with the national side.
He went on to make over 300 appearances for Tottenham, where he was part of the side that lifted the 1999 League Cup.
Anderton quit Tottenham in 2004 to sign for Birmingham City, before short spells at both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Bournemouth, prior to his retirement.
He had begun his senior career at Portsmouth.
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