Tottenham can continue their dominance of the England squad going into the Euros.
The Three Lions started no less than four Tottenham players in the 3-2 win over Germany, while Kyle Walker also featured against Holland at Wembley. Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane were the other Lilywhites to make their mark for the national side, and there is no reason why they cannot maintain that for this summer's tournament.
Spurs have a proud tradition of producing top English players – 76 in total have earned a cap - and it is unsurprising considering the way the current crop have been nurtured. The club has developed its England men so that they have all developed into seasoned, confident professionals from a young age.
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They have all seen regular first-team action at White Hart Lane as youngsters, and that has removed any concern for Roy Hodgson that they do not have the experience to pull on an England jersey.
England have often preferred more experienced players and have in the past opted for familiar faces. Ahead of Euro 2016, however, Hodgson appears comfortable to give these Spurs players a chance based on form alone.
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Rose can therefore overtake Manchester United’s Luke Shaw in the pecking order, as the latter has not played a game since September. He also faces competition from the likes of Leighton Baines, Kieran Gibbs and Aaron Creswell. Like Creswell, Rose is particularly strong down the wings, but he has also improved tremendously in defence.
In some of his most notable performances this season, against Man City, Swansea, and Aston Villa, his ball recovery has been outstanding. His fitness has clearly improved under Mauricio Pochettino, and that has allowed him to stand out.
Pochettino to thank
In fact, Pochettino’s name comes up regularly in talk of England’s debutants. 11 of the Three Lions’ last 19 debutants have been managed by him, dating back to his time at Southampton.
Dier has also come on leaps and bounds this season. He has moved higher up the pitch, having started his Spurs career primarily a defender, and that has allowed him to plug the gap deep in Hodgson’s midfield. Despite Hodgson's insistence that Dier still has a lot to prove, negative press surrounding Jack Wilshere, together with his last-minute winner in Berlin, could work in his favour.
Kane and Alli speak for themselves. Kane is the highest scorer in England, while Alli is being widely tipped for Young Player of the Year. Alli’s role is crucial for England, as not only does he offer a lot going forward, he is not shy of a tackle, and has the confidence to take on the world’s best.
Kane must fight off Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck – and of course, when he is fit, England’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney – but he is still one of the few guaranteed a spot on the plane.
Walker should be on course for the squad, but Nathaniel Clyne is currently favourite to nail down a spot at right-back.
It seems only right that Spurs are so well-represented in the England side considering the progress they have made this season. Alli and Kane have been part of a free-scoring attack, while Rose and Dier have been rock solid, contributing to what is statistically the Premier League’s strongest defence.
Only 23 can go to France in June, but Spurs should be feeling reasonably confident that their contingent will have a say as England seek their first title since the 1960s – sound familiar?
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