The benefits of regular first team football gained from being on loan can prove to be invaluable for players at the start of their professional careers.

Tottenham trio Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton have all reaped the rewards from getting competitive football under their respective belts this season, with each player named in the provisional England under 21 squad for the summer's European Championships.

Rose has enjoyed a season in the npower Championship with Bristol City, while Naughton has started 36 games for Leicester City, catching the eye with some swashbuckling displays for the Foxes.

Meanwhile, Walker has been the pick of the young bunch, spending the first half of the campaign with title winners Queen's Park Rangers, before moving up to the top-flight with Aston Villa, where he has been equally as impressive.

The 20-year-old's form has not gone unnoticed by Fabio Capello, with the England boss naming him in the squad that faced Denmark in February.

Walker has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the summer with Villa said to be interested in securing a permanent deal, but Harry Redknapp has confirmed the defender will return to White Hart Lane.


“Kyle will be back here for sure, he’s still learning and got miles to learn but he is a talent, a real prospect," said the Spurs boss.

“He has got all the attributes to be an England right-back of the future.

“He’ll come back here and push for a place.”


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