Spurs October International Report
A number of Spurs players have been in action for their nations over the last week including four who were in the starting lineup for England in their famous victory over Spain on Monday night. Here’s a full report of which Spurs players have played.
Toby Alderweireld played the full 90 minutes as Belgium beat Switzerland on Friday in their Nations League game in Brussels. The Spurs man played in a back three alongside Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen whereas Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku scored both goals for Belgium. Their next game is on Tuesday in an international friendly against Holland, so Alderweireld may be rested by manager Roberto Martinez along with other key players.
Lucas Moura made his first appearance for Brazil since 2016 when he played against Saudi Arabia on Friday. Moura was a halftime substitute for Fred as Brazil ended up two nil winners with goals from Gabriel Jesus and Alex Sandro.
Next up for them is Argentina on Tuesday, a match in which Juan Foyth could feature. The Spurs youngster was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 4-0 victory over Iraq and has yet to make his debut for his national team.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 12, 2018
Hugo Lloris played the entire match as captain as France drew 2-2 at home to Iceland in an international friendly. Substitute Kylian Mbappe saved the World champions from embarrassment by scoring a penalty late on. Lloris is expected to play again tonight as France take on Germany in their Nations League group.
England’s under 21s will face Scotland tonight in what is effectively a dead rubber game. After beating Andorra 7-0, Aidy Bothroyd’s side have qualified for next year’s finals whereas Scotland are unable to progress. Spurs academy graduate Kyle Walker-Peters played all 90 minutes at left back whereas Josh Onomah was an unused substitute against Andorra.
Spurs Players in Action for England
Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks have all played a part for England in their two games this international break. Kane and Dier were the only Spurs players who appeared in England’s goalless draw away against Croatia on Friday.
The match in Rijeka was a bizzare one as it was played in front of no fans because of a UEFA punishment. Spurs duo Dier and Kane had early chances for England, both hitting the post, but it was Marcus Rashford who should have broken the deadlock for England. The Manchester United forward had two key chances for England but was unable to beat Croatian goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
After the Croatia result there were a few questions as to whether England could put in a performance against a team of genuine quality. It was just as well that they silenced some of their critics on Monday night against Spain.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 15, 2018
Dier tackle on Ramos the turning point
England produced a brilliant display of counter attacking football by beating one of the best sides in the world 3-2 away from home. Raheem Sterling scored twice and Rashford bagged the other goal but the contribution of Spurs players cannot go unnoticed.
Harry Kane, Kieran Trippier, Harry Winks and Eric Dier all started the historic match for the Three Lions and it was Dier who set the tone. After a slightly tentative start, Sergio Ramos was clattered by Dier inside the Spaniards own penalty area. The Spurs man was booked for the strong tackle, in which he did take the ball, and from there the tone of the game was set.
England tore Spain apart in the first half and at the centre of all three goals was Harry Kane. Despite now not scoring in his past seven England games, the England captain was prime creator for his side and picked up two assists. His first was after brilliant hold up play from Jordan Pickford’s free kick and the second was after a cleverly timed run into the penalty area. Kane also had a big hand in the other England goal, by splitting the defence open to find Rashford in a pass more frequently played by Spurs teammate Christian Eriksen.
The victory will undoubtedly give all the Spurs contingent a massive confidence boost as they head into the game against West Ham at the weekend.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) October 15, 2018
Elsewhere Davinson Sanchez took part in the whole game as Colombia beat the United States 4-2 in an exciting friendly in Florida. The game contained a wonder strike from star Colombian player James Rodriguez. Also involved in that match was Cameron Carter-Vickers although the Spurs man, currently on loan at Swansea City, was an unused substitute.
He may make an appearance in the United States’ next game which is in the early hours of Tuesday morning against Peru. Colombia too have another friendly against Costa Rica at the same time and it remains to be seen if Sanchez will be rested with a hectic domestic schedule coming up for Spurs in the next few weeks.
After drawing 0-0 on Wednesday, Kenya and Ethiopa again played one another on Sunday with Victor Wanyama captaining the Harambee Stars. The game finished 3-0 to Kenya, with Wanyama scoring the third from the penalty spot, before being substituted shortly after.
The match was played in front of an estimated 60,000 fans, who were given free entry to the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi. Once the stadium was full the police had to use tear gas to disperse the remaining fans. The result puts Kenya top of their qualification group and they look on course to reach their first Africa Cup of Nations finals since 2004.
— Victor Wanyama (@VictorWanyama) October 14, 2018
Elsewhere Serge Aurier captained Ivory Coast in a 4-0 win over the Central African Republic in Group H of the AFCON qualifiers. The Spurs right back looks like he is back to full fitness as the Elephants moved up to second place in their qualification group.
Heung-min Son also captained his country to victory as South Korea beat Uruguay 2-1 in a friendly. The Spurs man did however miss a penalty in the match. Son also captained his country from the start on Tuesday in their 2-2 draw with Panama.
Finally Ben Davies played 62 minutes for Wales in their friendly defeat to Spain on Thursday. Ryan Giggs’ team were outclassed by the Spanish are will be without former Spurs player Gareth Bale on Tuesday in their important Nations League game against the Republic of Ireland.
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