Friedel dropped as record run ends

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Brad Friedel's last Tottenham appearance was in the 3-2 win over Manchester United
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Brad Friedel's last Tottenham appearance was in the 3-2 win over Manchester United

Brad Friedel's record run of 310 consecutive Barclays Premier League starts was brought to an end after manager Andre Villas-Boas named Hugo Lloris in Tottenham's starting line-up for the game against Aston Villa.

Friedel's place in the Spurs team has been under threat ever since Villas-Boas signed France skipper Lloris from Lyon for £8million on transfer deadline day.

The Spurs boss chose 41-year-old Friedel for the following four games, using Lloris only in the Europa League.

But on Sunday he decided to drop Friedel, bringing to an end a hugely impressive run for the American that began in 2004 while he was at Blackburn.

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