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Luke Littler celebrates Raymond van Barneveld win by taking in Tottenham clash as England star’s special guest

DARTS sensation Luke Littler underlined his new celebrity status by watching Tottenham as a guest of England star James Maddison.

The youngest ever World Championship quarter-finalist, 16, went some way to emulating the buzz he’s created at the Ally Pally as fans spotted him during Sunday’s home clash with Bournemouth.

Luke Littler relaxed in the stands as Spurs hosted Bournemouth

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Luke Littler relaxed in the stands as Spurs hosted BournemouthCredit: Reuters
Darts World Championship sensation Littler caused a buzz at Tottenham

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Darts World Championship sensation Littler caused a buzz at TottenhamCredit: Sky Sports

Viewers were quick to point out the Warrington wonderboy is a Manchester United fan.

But his relaxed look showed his mind was more on his own remarkable achievement the previous day – rather than the Red Devils’ latest misfortune.

Soon after United slumped 2-1 at Nottingham Forest, Little crushed his idol and four-time world title winner Raymond van Barneveld 4-1.

And while Barney took defeat like a “gentleman”his fellow Dutchman Erik ten Hag is under far more strain – with his Red Devils’ boss job reportedly under threat.

Littler is racking up nicknames faster than shot-shy United score goals – with Luke the Nuke and the Kebab Kid two of the newest on the way to becoming second favourite behind Michael van Gerwen for the PDC crown.

Arsenal’s England aces Aaron Ramsdale and Declan Rice posed with him before last Thursday’s shock 2-0 home loss against West Ham.

And there was an excited murmur when Littler was spotted by SKY Sports cameras as well as supporters at Tottenham on New Year’s Eve.

Fans online joked he could be turned off United and onto Spurs.

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Raymond van Barneveld took his defeat against Littler like a'gentleman'

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Raymond van Barneveld took his defeat against Littler like a ‘gentleman’Credit: Alamy

When some pointed out he was not a Spurs, they attracted comments like: “He will be” and he will now”.

Tottenham YouTuber Chris Cowlin grabbed a selfie “with the man of the moment Luke Littler”.

But after sharing the snap Cowlin himself added: “I’ve been told – he DOESN’T support Spurs. He is James Maddison’s guest. “

Littler saw Pape Matar Sarr drill Tottenham in front early on.

But the Londoners will enter 2024 in fifth place whatever the result against the Cherries.

In contrast, Littler’s life could change spectacularly in the next few days – as he eyes the world title and a £500,000 jackpot.

And after beating Barney he said: “I fancy myself. I do fancy myself.

“Barney said to me at the end, ‘you can go all the way. I hope you go all the way’. I said: ‘Thank you’. He is a true gentlemen.”

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