Spurs duo warn Pavlyuchenko
Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale are hoping to make an impression on Roman Pavlyuchenko on Wednesday.
Last Updated: 08/09/08 3:46pm
Tottenham's Chris Gunter and Gareth Bale are hoping to make an impression on Roman Pavlyuchenko when Wales take on Russia on Wednesday.
Pavlyuchenko tied up a move to White Hart Lane on transfer deadline day and briefly met his new team-mates including Gunter and Bale.
Gunter was impressed by Pavlyuchenko at Euro 2008 but he is now looking forward to lining up against the striker in this week's World Cup qualifier in Moscow
He said: "We both met him when he came to the training ground ahead of his transfer, but he hasn't a clue who we are. So maybe he'll be a bit surprised when he sees us both in the opposition on Wednesday.
"We are both going to do our best to ruin his night. Then we will have plenty of ammunition for when he turns up at our training ground later in the week."
Gunter added: "He's not bad, is he? I watched him play in the European finals and he was a bit special.
"He popped in to see us all last week, but apart from hello and a few laughs I don't think me and Gareth have registered with him yet.
"But maybe he will recognise us in Moscow. We will both remind him who we are and that he is about to become our team-mate.
"And then, with a bit of luck, we'll have some stuff to take the mickey out of him when he arrives back at the Spurs training ground."
Gunter accepts that it will be difficult against the Euro 2008 semi-finalists but feels confident that Wales can spring one or two surprises in a group also including Germany.
He said: "Playing Russia in our next qualifier will be tough. But we have got three points from the Azerbaijan game and we will face Russia now with a bit of confidence.
"We all know that for all of us, this is the time to really kick on now and do something in this qualification group."