Caulker sets sights on Tottenham first-team spot

After impressing on loan at Swansea last season, the 20-year-old has secured a new deal at White Hart Lane and a place in the Team GB squad - and is now keen to make the step up

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is eyeing up a spot in the north London side’s starting line-up after earning an improved four-year contract.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Swansea, and his subsequent positive reviews have led to rumours that he could be set for a chance to impress at White Hart Lane under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.

Caulker was also selected in Stuart Pearce’s Team GB squad for the London 2012 Olympics to cap off a fine 12 months for the centre-back, and he is now looking to make another step up at his parent club.

"I have been [at Spurs] since I was 15. I worked my way through and hopefully this is the year I get my opportunity and it's up to me to take it," Caulker told Spurs TV.

"I have just had a chat with the manager. It's nice to see that I am in his plans. It's nice to hear I have his confidence and his backing so I am looking forward to next season.

"I will have to work hard this year. There are some fantastic centre halves so it's not going to be an easy ride but I have confidence and hopefully with a bit of hard work it will pay off.

Caulker will have plenty of opportunities to impress Villas-Boas as Spurs have a busy pre-season schedule, including a tour of the United States, before kicking off their Premier League season with a tricky trip to Newcastle United on August 18.