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Pochettino has transformed Spurs' English players into Euro 2016 hopefuls.

Mauricio Pochettino feels he has a responsibility to play English players at Tottenham

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If football romantics are rooting for Leicester City to win the Premier League, Spurs are earning their own share of goodwill from the rest of English football for raising their current crop of homegrown players just in time for Euro 2016. 

It is no accident that Tottenham talent will feature heavily in the Three Lions squad this summer. Historically, Spurs have given England more players than any other club, and Mauricio Pochettino is making a conscious effort to continue that tradition. 

Tottenham traditions 

Pochettino told The Telegraph: "We are an English club and, for me, it's important to provide a good balance between the player(s) and to keep the culture."

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"It's important to give the opportunity to players from the nationality of the club. It's about identity and showing respect."

The Argentinian had a similar approach at Southampton, nurturing Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert, and Luke Shaw, all of whom went on to play for the national side. 

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He now feels he has a duty to build his team around English players at White Hart Lane, and it is certainly a strategy that has worked, with Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Harry Kane and Dele Alli all having been instrumental this season. 

Team spirit essential 

The Spurs boss has also handed opportunities to youngsters Josh Onomah and Tom Carroll, while Ryan Mason and Kieran Trippier have played their own role in the Europa League. 

However, Pochettino insists that while that group are great for team spirit, it is that spirit that matters most, and not their nationality. 

"The passport is not important. The most important thing in the dressing room is being a good professional. Then if they are English, good, it's important to keep the identity and the culture", he said. 

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Four of the last five Young Players of the Year have been Spurs players, with Kyle Walker, Gareth Bale, Harry Kane, and now Dele Alli all picking up the award. 

One of the major advantages to developing youngsters is that Tottenham have built something for the future, and can expect to be back challenging for the title next season, even if it may have slipped away from them this time around.

Can England win the Euros with their current squad? Have your say in the comments. 

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