England boss Roy Hodgson is fast becoming a familiar face at Spurs fixtures, and it is little wonder considering the number of potential Three Lions stars on show.
Dele Alli was once again on the scoresheet as Tottenham drew 1-1 away at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, and although overall his side will be disappointed not to come away from the Hawthorns with three points, the 19-year-old once again put himself at the forefront of Hodgson’s mind.
Alli hit a stunning strike on his full England debut in last month’s friendly against France, and he is one of a number of English youngsters who could make it to the Euros in 2016.
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In fact, with England’s ‘golden generation’ – made up of the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard – subsiding, Hodgson will be thankful that at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a squad based around fresh, home-grown talent. As the Three Lions work through what must still be seen as a transitional phase, there is huge potential for youngsters to break into the national side.
At White Hart Lane, Harry Kane, Kyle Walker and Ryan Mason are all key members of the team, and have all been rewarded in the last year with England caps.
Danny Rose, too, was called up to the England squad to face Norway in August of last year, but did not feature.
One area in particular where Spurs can contribute to England’s Euros campaign is in holding midfield. Mason is a strong contender to make the trip across the Channel, but Eric Dier is now also a possibility after featuring as a defensive midfielder for Tottenham on a number of occasions.
Dier may be a more recent discovery, first featuring alongside Alli in the friendlies against Spain and France, but his firm style of play could supply England with something they lack when missing Michael Carrick, who has once again suffered a lengthy lay-off through injury.
Andros Townsend, may ironically have a higher chance of being selected for England than Spurs, having certainly made an impression in his previous international appearances. And yet, the midfielder is reported to have fallen out of favour with Pochettino.
Spurs’ head coach may ultimately not have the England side’s interests at the top of his priorities, but his role in the development of their youngsters could have just given them a much better chance of progress in France next summer.
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