Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham extend their unbeaten run to 12 games with an emphatic demolition of West Ham United in the London derby with Harry Kane scoring a brace and Spurs’ service to the England national squad being underlined by Kyle Walker’s late 4th goal.Embed from Getty Images
Dele Alli was again superb alongside Eric Dier and Rose and Walker were effective both in defence and going forward. Alli was named as man of the match by the BBC and Harry Kane by Sky Sports; two young Englishmen which really resonate the team generally.
A fast, energetic, enthusiastic, eager and exciting team; a Spurs team through and through bringing back the Spurs Way to White Hart Lane once more and with it a sense of optimism, yet again, for the Spurs fans which, for once, looks like it will blossom into something strong, powerful and successful. 5 English players started, all impressing and three came off the bench in Tom Carroll, Ryan Mason and Josh Onomah. According to pundits at ESPN, Rose should be given an opportunity in the national team and Hodgson will no doubt be considering 6 or 7 of the Tottenham players to include in his next squad.Embed from Getty Images
Hodgson earlier this week emphasised the poor state that English football finds itself in – the England gaffer stated that he loves to watch Spurs as you get to see as many as 5 English players playing. Just 4 English players featured for Manchester City and Liverpool combined whereas 6 featured for Spurs. Unlike many other top teams, Tottenham and Pochettino are going with youth and home grown talent, not expensive overseas stars.
Kyle Walker scored with a superb, outside of the boot effort on his 250th senior appearance, and again, will be threatening Clyne’s hold of the right back spot in the England squad. Similarly, Dier and Alli have already caught Hodgson’s eyes and were again exceptional this afternoon. The only downside is that Alli will be missing the next derby against Chelsea but, another Englishman in Ryan Mason is likely to step seamlessly into his place.