Spurs Abroad: Tottenham Hotspur in the 2018 World Cup
The two-year cycle of major international tournaments is just about long enough for England fans across the country to recover from the last national disappointment and to start getting naively excited again for the next, by asking themselves one simple, yet devilishly provocative question: Could this be our year?
It has been 52 years since the three lions raised their one and only World Cup trophy and knowing England, we’ll probably be waiting 52 more. Nevertheless, Tottenham Hotspur have a first-class side with players dotted all over the world… If England can’t win, it could be down to a Spur to take the gold. Let’s break down which Tottenham Hotspur players are likely to represent their team at the 2018 World Cup – and who is the likeliest to outshine all others on the biggest stage of them all.
A fortnight of friendlies 🌍
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 20, 2018
Harry Kane will most likely have fully recovered from his ankle injury (not tempting fate), and hopefully will replicate his almost-flawless performances for Spurs at club level. Now nothing is certain, great club players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have had a history of underperforming on the international stage; not to mention Wayne Rooney. At 24, Kane is yet to appear in a World Cup. The 2016 Euros was the striker’s first major tournament and was frankly a disappointing affair for both player and country. England won one out of their four games in the tournament, eventually losing 2-1 to Iceland in the round of 16. The memories of Kane’s performances only amount to a string of poor corners and free kicks. However, the player has had seasons of unrivalled success since then, winning the Golden Boot in the two consecutive seasons since. The 2018 World Cup is a blank canvas for Harry, for which he can paint with his own success.
Harry Kane will most likely be joined by his Spurs counterparts Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier in the English World Cup Side. All three have been named for the England friendlies against Italy and Netherlands, giving them a chance to impress and prove their worth for the starting XI. England Have Tunisia, Belgium, and Panama in Group G, so it is likely all four of the England Spurs will make it through to the KO stage.
— Eric Dier (@ericdier) November 11, 2017
The clash between Belgium and England means that Spurs will play Spurs. Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen have both had an excellent Premier League campaign with Spurs and will most certainly be selected for the World Cup. Similarly, Toby Alderweireld, despite his injury, has been selected to appear in the friendlies this week – so he will likely play if his recovery is strong. Vertonghen and Alderweireld are quite a pair, a dynamic duo that will do well to frustrate their English adversaries. It will be a close game by all accounts, and might just be swung by a bit of Spur magic; it’s just a question of for which side.
— Belgian Red Devils (@BelRedDevils) October 8, 2017
Reliable and formidable Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris will lead out his French team, coming face-to-face with Denmark, Australia, and Peru in Group C. Moussa Sissoko will be looking for an international selection as he has impressed for France on the international stage before. Christian Eriksen will be the main man for Denmark trying to frustrate France’s hopes of topping the group.
Whereas England bowled out of the Euros pretty early two years ago, France were just pipped at the post by Portugal in the final. No doubt France will be looking for more this year, and Lloris and Sissoko will give it their Spurs best to make that happen.
Personally, Heung-Min Son has been my favourite player for Tottenham Hotspur this year. He has been versatile in his position, he’s shown how two-footed he can be, he has pace, the capacity to score goals and just seems like a genuinely nice guy who loves playing his football.
Son is by far the key player of the South Korea national team and their success in the tournament is likely to depend on how he plays. If his form for Tottenham Hotspur is anything to go by, South Korea will put up a good fight. They will be playing Sweden, Mexico, and Germany in Group F, so, to be honest, their chances are rather slim – but anything can happen!
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