After a huge weekend win over West Brom, a new challenge looms--the international break. While for much of the world this will just be a friendly, North America sees the launch of the the final round of qualifying (The Hex) and the African Cup of Nations reaches its semifinal. A busy and challenging Wednesday, let's take a look at where all Spurs players will be in action
With The Hex, an incredibly tough and demanding challenge looms, putting Clint Dempsey in the forefront as the leader of the U.S. National Team. The Hex opener sees Deuce traveling with The Yanks to Honduras' Estadio Olímpico (4pm ET), one of the harshest environments in world football. The emphasis will be on the U.S. emerging with a key point--and Dempsey returning un-injured.
As always, Spurs have a presence on the English National Team. Aaron Lennon and Kyle Walker have been called up for the Three Lions, as Jermain Defoe had to pull out of the squad with injury. England will be hosting Brazil (2:45 pm ET) at Wembley, as the Spurs right-sided duo try to continue their strong league form with the national team.
Hugo Llloris is captain for France, as Les Bleus host Germany (3:00pm ET). Gareth Bale expectedly is back with the Wales National Team, hosting Austria (2:45 pm ET). The Belgian duo of Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen have been called back in for their national team, as Rode Duivels host Slovakia. Gylfi Sigurdsson will lead his Iceland side as they host Russia (2:30 pm ET). Benoit Assou-Ekotto is in action for Cameroon against Tanzania. Spurs loanee Adam Smith gets in the action as well, called up for the England U-21 side that will host Sweden's U-21s.
Just as notable for Spurs are some of the absences from internationals. Lewis Holtby was left out of the German side called for France, giving the young midfielder some rest and more time to blood in with Spurs in training. Togo's heartbreaking exit from the African Cup of Nations of Sunday has given Emmanuel Adebayor back to Spurs, extremely necessary with Defoe's weekend injury. Scott Parker gets a rest from not being recalled to England.
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