• League Cup

Adebayor handed rare Spurs start, United rest Rooney

ESPN staff
December 18, 2013

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor will start up front for Tottenham in their League Cup quarter-final against West Ham.

Roberto Soldado takes place on the bench, while Kyle Walker captains Spurs for the evening. Tim Sherwood, in charge after the club parted with Andre Villas-Boas, has made six changes to the side which suffered heavy defeat to Liverpool, including the return of Danny Rose.

Carlton Cole starts for the away side while Ravel Morrison, who scored a superb solo effort in the Hammers' 3-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier this season, has to settle for a place on the bench.

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Chiriches, Capoue, Rose; Lennon, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Adebayor, Defoe. Subs: Friedel, Fredericks, Fryers, Chadli, Eriksen, Holtby, Soldado

West Ham: Adrian, O'Brien, Rat, Collins (c), McCartney, Diarra, Taylor, Collison, J.Cole, Jarvis, C.Cole. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Noble, Diame, Demel, Morrison, Maiga, Chambers

David Moyes confirmed Wayne Rooney will miss his side's quarter-final with Stoke through injury, paving the way for Danny Welbeck to lead the frontline.

Anderson is also included in his first start since September 28 while Shinji Kagawa, who has recently been sidelined with illness, returns to the bench.

Manchester United: De Gea; Rafael, Smalling, Evans, Evra; Valencia, Cleverley, Jones, Anderson, Young; Welbeck. Subs: Johnstone, Hernandez, Nani, Fletcher, B├╝ttner, Zaha, Kagawa

Stoke City: Sorensen; Cameron, Shawcross (c), Wilson, Pieters; Walters, Palacios, Ireland, Whelan, Assaidi; Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Muniesa, Pennant, Jones, Arnautovic, Adam, Wilkinson

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