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Tom Carroll to play a stone’s throw from where he was born

It’s a month of firsts for Watford lad Tom Carroll.

He scored his first senior goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Monaco, made his first Premier League start in the 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United and, on Saturday, scored his first Premier League goal. He will arrive with Mauricio Pochettino’s squad this afternoon aiming to play at the home of his local club for the first time as a Spurs player. His father, Bob, who was a top amateur player in his day, will be in the crowd to support his 23-year-old son who went to school at Leavesden Green and then Parmiter’s.

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“It will be a tough test but I’m looking forward to it,” Carroll said in an interview with Spurs TV. “They are an organised side and are doing well. The front two [Deeney and Ighalo] are looking dangerous.”

Carroll has been at Spurs since the age of eight and captained the Parmiter’s side, featuring Wolverhampton Wanderers right-back Nathan Byrne, who reached the final of the English Schools Football Association National Cup in 2005 and 2006. He was always a skilled midfield technician but there were always doubts about his size. Carroll is approaching 50 league starts, achieved at Spurs, QPR, Derby and Swansea, and is a regular in Pochettino’s squad.

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“It’s every boy’s dream to score in the Premier League,” said Carroll after he scored the third against Norwich on Saturday.

Hemel Hempstead midfielder Harry Winks should also be in the squad this afternoon. Brandon Austin, the young goalkeeper who went to Cavendish School, is on Spurs books, as is former Queens’ Academy pupil Joe Pritchard and England Under-16 international Keanan Bennetts, who went to St Michael’s School. Nigel Gibbs and former Watford academy director John McDermott, meanwhile, are coaching Spurs’ U21 players.