England once again have exited a major tournament prematurely and as the country yet again begins its regular period of mourning over the consistent failures of the national team, we thought we would take the opportunity to rate the Spurs players who have featured for England at Euro 2016. Spurs fans will now most likely turn to Belgium if they wish to continue to support a team in the Euros and with Dembele, Alderweireld and Vertonghen all flying the Spurs flag in the Red Devils team, we could yet see a Spurs player reach the latter stages of a tournament.Embed from Getty Images
Eric Dier – 8
Dier will probably be the one England player whose reputation has been enhanced following Euro 2016 with solid displays shielding the defence. Dier’s name was always the first on the team sheet and his attacking ability has also visibly improved. Some of his passes unlocked defences, his best to Daniel Sturridge during the Russia game. And he also powered in the opener in the 1-1 draw with Russia. A good all round performance from Dier and was unlucky to be substituted at half time during the Iceland match.
Kyle Walker – 6
Walker impressed with his attacking ability during the Russia game, constantly running down the flank and with great stamina to continue right until the final whistle. However, his poor marking against Iceland enabled the underdogs to equalise minutes after the Three Lions had taken the lead through Wayne Rooney. It didn’t quite go to plan in attack against Iceland either – perhaps the momentum gathered from the Russia game was lost when Clyne was selected ahead of him against Slovakia.Embed from Getty Images
Danny Rose – 5
Rose impressed against Russia but didn’t possess as much quality as Walker in attack. Again, he lost momentum when Hodgson dropped him for the Slovakia game and was pretty average against Iceland although didn’t really make any mistake. He will be looking to build upon last season’s impressive performances with Spurs and trying to forget his summer with England in time to start the seasons strongly with Tottenham with the Champions League awaiting.
Dele Alli – 3
England’s best young talent failed to live up to expectations throughout the tournament. Consistently played too far back by Roy Hodgson, Alli was unable to bring his best to the England squad and his relationship with Kane was broken by Hodgson’s tactical setup. His quality did shine through in some instances though: he was unlucky not to score against Slovakia when Skrtel cleared off the line, he had a volley fly inches too high against Iceland and his skill was evident when he managed to wriggle his way through several Russian players in the group stage opener. A disappointing performance from the 20 year old.
Harry Kane – 3
Became the scapegoat with his extremely poor set pieces; another player who ultimately failed to replicate their Spurs form on the international stage. Hodgson’s decision to place Kane with free-kick duty has been heavily criticised as has the former England manager’s 4-3-3 formation which left Kane isolated up front with players like Sturridge unable to perform in a wider position. Did have several chances to score such as the volley and header against Iceland (both saved by Halldorson) but not really any clear cut chances which came frequently when he played for Spurs. Will need to rest now after a long campaign and get himself prepared for the 2016-17 season and the Champions League.