What lies ahead for the 5 Spurs' England Players Heading to Russia?
Tottenham Hotspur finished third in the Premier League this season and while some fans will point to the lack of a trophy, no one can deny the great job Mauricio Pochettino is doing at the club. One glance down the Spurs squad shows many players who will be heading to the World Cup this summer, five of whom will be representing England.
Spurs will have more representatives in the England squad than any other club and thatís testament to the way the club and Pochettino have guided homegrown players into the team.
Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier will all travel to Russia with the Three Lions following another good season at club level.
Itís easy to point the finger and say Spurs have not won any silverware under Pochettino but to finish third in arguably the toughest league in the world, while having to play home matches at Wembley, is a very good achievement.
Spurs finished 7 points clear of defending champions Chelsea and a massive 14 points ahead of North London rivals, Arsenal.
Furthermore, Manchester City produced a season of which we have never seen the likes before. Many, including the contributors to this blog post by Betway, suggest that Pepís team will go down in history as one of the best to have played in the Premier League so far, if not the best. So, with that in mind and the fact all home matches were played at Wembley, it has been another good season for Spurs.
One England player who has perhaps shone through in this campaign is Kieran Trippier. The full-back started his career at Manchester City but made his name at Burnley before earning a transfer to Spurs in 2015 for £3.5 million. Considering the fees paid for players in the current market, thatís an absolute steal and Trippier has become a regular in the starting line-up this season.
One of Trippierís stand out performances came in the win over Real Madrid in the Champions League. In a review of the match on ESPN, reporter John Crace said, ĎSpurs' player of the match. His first-half performance was his best 45 minutes in a Spurs shirt. Defended well and was a constant threat going forward, with his crossing back to last season's standard.í
If England manager, Gareth Southgate, is going to play Kyle Walker as one of three central defenders, Trippier could be the first choice for England on the right side, despite only winning 5 caps ahead of the 2018 World Cup squad announcement. His delivery into the box could be a key element in Englandís attacking play this summer.
5 Spurs Players will be flying the flag for England this summer in Russia
The other four Spurs players in the England squad, Kane, Dele Alli, Dier and Rose were all expected to be included although perhaps Rose can consider himself a little fortunate be involved. The left-back has played only 10 times for Spurs this season and his place in the England squad was under pressure from Ryan Bertrand. However, Rose delivered a great performance on the final day of the Premier League season to help secure his place on the plane to Russia.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Rose over the last 18 months and while Spurs fans will be hoping he delivers the goods at the World Cup, many will not want to see him leave the club this summer.
One player who has consistently delivered the goods in recent years is Harry Kane and the striker will wear the captain's armband for his country at the 2018 World Cup. Much was made of Kaneís battle with Mohamed Salah for the golden boot but the facts show the striker is continuing to improve each season.
Kane scored 30 goals this season which follows 21, 25 and 29 in his previous three seasons in the Premier League. Only Danny Welbeck has more goals in the current England Squad having played a significant number of extra games and there is no doubt Kane will be leading the line when England meet Tunisia in Volgograd on the 18th June.
Despite being just 22 and 24 years of age respectively, Dele Alli and Eric Dier will head to the World Cup as two of Englandís most capped midfield players. Only Jordan Henderson has more caps and Southgate will be looking towards both players as experienced internationals.
Dele Alli finished joint fifth in the Premier League assists table this season with 10 to his name and thatís the most he has achieved in the English top flight. Dele also scored 9 league goals this season, making a total of 37 in 103 appearances in his first three Premier League seasons. However, Dele has come under pressure for his place in the England starting XI from Jesse Lingard and he was a substitute in recent friendly games against Netherlands and Italy.
Dier started the friendly match against Italy and is in contention to be included in the team for Englandís first match of the tournament.
So, there is every chance all five Spursí players could begin the game against Tunisia for England at the 2018 World Cup, which would mean they make up close to half the starting XI.
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