WHEN Eastern's Tim O'Shea was an apprentice professional at Tottenham Hotspur, one of his jobs was to clean the boots of the great Glenn Hoddle. But the boot will be on the other foot on Sunday when the 27-year-old defender lines up for the Hong Kong League XI against Hoddle's Chelsea in the Hong Kong Football Association's 80th anniversary match at the new national stadium. O'Shea has helped Eastern win six of the eight major trophies in Hong Kong football during his two full seasons with the club. And he is looking forward to rounding off his second successive treble-winning campaign with a match against Hoddle. ''I just hope Hoddle plays for the people of Hong Kong to see the qualities which were unluckily wasted by England,'' he said. ''It seems that every other country in Europe would have built a team round a player of Hoddle's class. ''It's a shame England did not do that because they don't come along every day. ''Although he won around 50 caps for England, that figure would have been doubled by a continental coach.'' The paths of O'Shea and Hoddle first crossed when O'Shea began training full-time with Spurs as a 16-year-old. He was then taken on as an apprentice professional under the Government's Youth Training Scheme. ''It was the first year they had it and I was in the same group as Carl Hoddle [Glenn's brother], John Moncur and Shaun Close. ''One of our jobs was to clean the training boots of the players and I was designated Hoddle's Nike Tiempo. I used to look after them after training and he never had any complaints. He even gave me a pair once. ''He used to train with the apprentices a lot because of his brother and the things he could do with a ball were quite remarkable. He was never one to moan and always tried to encourage you to be confident on the ball and to express yourself.'' O'Shea made three senior appearances for Spurs, making his debut as a substitute for Nico Claesen in a 1-0 victory away to Sheffield Wednesday in April 1987. He also played in a 2-2 draw away to Wimbledon and then, under new manager Terry Venables, in a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool. Even though Venables offered O'Shea a new one-year contract, the money was not particularly good as he had come through the ranks of the club. O'Shea moved on to Leyton Orient and then to Gillingham before joining Eastern just over two years ago. ''I'll always feel a bit regretful about leaving Spurs but you have to make a decision at the time,'' he added.