How Many Tottenham Players were in the England Squad?
It’s been a stunning twelve months for the England national side and Spurs players have enjoyed a major role in their success. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the squad made it all the way to the semi finals before heartbreak at the hands of Croatia.
A year later, Gareth Southgate’s men find themselves in the semi finals of the newly-formed UEFA Nations League after an impressive group campaign that saw them exact revenge on the Croatians.
Manager Southgate has named no fewer than six Tottenham players in that squad and it’s a measure of the value that the club provide to the national set up. Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane are the men to have received the call so let’s take a look at why the boss felt the need to include each one.
If any England player was suffering from a World Cup hangover in 2018/19 then it was Kieran Trippier. A key component of the side’s success, the right back scored directly from a free kick in that semi to briefly give the country hope of an appearance in the final itself.
That wasn’t to be but ‘Trips’ had proved, over the course of the tournament, that he was a valuable player and one of the first names on the team sheet. In all honesty, the defender may lose that starting berth to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold who can provide that same threat and distribution from the right flank. It’s not been the best of seasons for Kieran Trippier but there is loyalty within the England ranks and one of 2018’s heroes retains his place in the squad.
2018/19 was a typically understated season for Danny Rose and the majority of Spurs fans will be hoping that he’s back and firing for the next campaign. The left back has been the subject of transfer rumours for some time but there are no real suggestions that the club actually want to sell him.
As in previous years, he’s battled with Ben Davies for the starting slot but Danny has played in the majority of matches this season. In the Premier League, he’s featured in 26 of 38 games and has made 36 appearances overall. He’ll also, surely, be the starting left back in the Champions League Final.
That may not be the case for England where Rose was just a bit-part player at the 2018 World Cup and is likely to be on the bench for the Netherlands encounter but he’s of clear value to the squad nonetheless.
Like Danny Rose, Eric Dier is also likely to start with the substitutes for the Nations League semi. Used sparingly, his most memorable contribution at the World Cup came with the winning penalty in the shootout with Colombia that kept England going in the competition.
It’s also been a stop-start year at Spurs with injury and illness restricting the player to just 27 appearances across all competitions. He’s only 25 but has appeared 39 times already for the full English national side and may well add to that tally, from the bench, when England tackle the Netherlands in June.
We compared Eric Dier to Danny Rose and there is a case for drawing comparisons between Dele Alli and Kieran Trippier. After an impressive few seasons for Spurs, Dele was a key performer at the World Cup but things haven’t quite gone to plan in the domestic campaign that followed.
Known for providing constant scoring support to Harry Kane, this has been the midfielder’s worst campaign yet with just seven goals from 37 matches. Injury has played a part here too: Dele would be an automatic first choice but he made just 25 appearances across the EPL season. Tottenham fans will be hoping that it’s just a bump on the road but Dele Alli, perhaps more than any other Spurs player in this squad, looks in need of a long summer rest.
This one was, admittedly, a bit of a surprise as Harry Winks ended the season in the treatment room. His injury record is becoming something of a concern for some Tottenham fans although, he’s actually participated more than Eric Dier with 40 overall appearances in 2018/19.
Harry has also shown some promise over three full appearances for England and it’s that promise that has seen Gareth Southgate keep faith with the 23 year old midfielder.
Kane’s call up has caused the most debate in the media with some even suggesting that he shouldn’t be near the squad. The striker hasn’t played since damaging his ankle in the Champions League quarter final with Manchester City but he is expected to be fully fit for the UCL final.
On that basis, there really shouldn’t be any question as to whether Harry deserved his place in the squad to play the Netherlands. The 2018 World Cup Golden Boot winner now has 22 goals for the side in 37 full internationals so it’s a little confusing as to why the selection is being questioned in some quarters.
That’s about as good as it can get for Tottenham and England with no-one really missing out here and hopefully, the players involved can Spur their country to Nations League glory.