Spurs players formed the backbone of the England squad that took the country to the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time in nearly 30 years, and they’re set to again when England face-off against the US & Croatia later this month.
Here’s the 5 Spurs men who will be taking to the field and what role we think they will play.
The game against the US on the 15th November may be notable for it being both the return and final send-off of Wayne Rooney, England’s top goal scorer, but don’t expect that to hold Harry Kane back.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 6, 2018
After taking the Golden Boot in the World Cup as England captain, and putting balls in the back of the net consistently this season, we predict at least a couple of goals from Kane. He’s also shown to be capable of being an excellent playmaker for England, if his role in the match against Spain in October is anything to go by. Kane teeing up the final goal for Rooney’s international career would be a fitting send-off.
Kane had this to say when asked about the return of the England great;
“Should he have the armband against the US? Yes, of course. He deserves it. He was a great captain for us. He was the captain when I first got into the squad. If he plays, of course he’ll be the captain.
“Wayne was one of our greatest ever players and it’s a shame that his international career kind of just stopped. It will be nice to see him again and train with him again. I don’t know how long he is going to play for on Thursday but it will be good to see him back out there. I think the fans will embrace it, we should all embrace it and give him the sendoff he deserves.”
Recently back in training following an injury in Spurs’ clash with Man City at the end of October, Eric Dier will be keen to back into the swing of things if he doesn’t find game time when Tottenham Hotspur face Crystal Palace on the 10th November.
What a photo of Eric Dier's tackle on Ramos last night! 💥 pic.twitter.com/yQHNqYwiDm
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) October 16, 2018
The now infamous ‘tackle-heard-round-the-world’ Dier ploughed through Sergio Ramos has become a highlight of Dier’s international career, so we’d love to see some more full-bodied defending from him. He also scored the penalty kick that gave the England squad their first penalty victory since Euro 96 during the World Cup, so we could forgive the nail biting tension if he pulls another one of those out the bag.
Despite being one of the younger players on the pitch, Dele’s performance in the England squad has been very impressive. In 31 appearances, he has got a goal past Hugo Lloris when England faced off against France back in 2015, scored the second goal against Sweden in the 2018 World Cup quarter finals & won the free kick against Croatia that almost kept England’s World Cup hopes alive.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 8, 2018
We’d like to see some goals if he has it in him, but a return to the ‘telepathy’ him and Harry Kane share would put England in good stead to see to the unfinished business they have with Croatia.
Alternatively, Dele’s supporting play is second to none, so to see him link up with Rooney for a goal would be a great example of the past and future of the England squad working together.
The surprise star of the World Cup, with numerous intelligent set pieces, 24 created chances and a goal earning him comparisons to David Beckham, it’ll be interesting to see if lightning strikes twice for Trippier.
In his time at Spurs, he’s regularly been rotated with other players in his right-back position, be it Kyle Walker before his move to Man City, or Serge Aurier, but his time in Russia in 2018 helped him find his feet.
Since returning to North London this season however, Trippier has struggled to find this magic. As part of a back 4 in a team full of talented attacking midfielders and strikers, he has had to play far more defensively. In the England squad this was less of an issue, with a central defensive three, plus the veteran support of Kyle Walker, meaning that he could push up the pitch in a more attacking role, giving him the opportunity to create chances.
It remains to be seen what Gareth Southgate will do. Kyle Walker and Trent Alexander-Arnold are both capable of playing in the same position, but if he can find some of the form he had over the summer, it will provide the much needed boost he needs when he returns to Spurs duty.
The new kid on the block, Harry Winks has real potential to become a regular starter for the Three Lions, and Gareth Southgate clearly thinks so too. He received his first cap back in October 2017 in a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania that saw England win 1-0. He unfortunately missed the World Cup due to injury, essentially leaving the squad a midfielder down, but with another call up this time around, the belief Southgate has in him is apparent.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 14, 2018
He had this to say after the teams last face-off against Spain;
“But I still believe I can perform a lot better, I watch the games back and believe I can do a lot better on the ball as well.
The magnitude of the games are big and I’m happy to have performed in these games and done respectable but in my opinion I can improve a lot more and I have got more to show.
There is nothing I can rest my laurels on and I have got to improve at absolutely everything – my mindset is to go back and work on that, work on my game.”
He was applauded for his hard work in the midfield in that game, and has come close to scoring more than once, so to see his dedication rewarded with a goal would be a great start to what will hopefully be a fruitful international career.
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