Spurs players have a little fun in England's 8-0 beatdown of San Marino

Mike Hewitt

Jermain Defoe, Kyle Walker and Scott Parker all got to take part in the enjoyable extended training session that forms part of the national side's official preparation for the tie against Montenegro.

Total football abounded as three Spurs players were allowed to run around and basically do whatever they wanted against a probably full strength for all I know San Marino side who perhaps disappointingly only conceded eight goals in a World Cup Qualifier against England on Friday night.

Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe started, with the latter definitely having a more enjoyable game than the former initially against a non-existent midfield and a flat bank of five defenders. As Walker marauded up and down the flank like a scene out of his favourite dream, Defoe struggled to get in behind a defence that seemed more interested in not straying from the line delineating the edge of the area than playing an offside trap. His early opportunities were limited to trying to nick a goal from scraps inside the area, and after heading a good chance over in the 16th minute and scoring an offside tap-in in the 34th, the pint-sized striker finally managed to get a breakthrough on 35 minutes, dinking in a rebound for the Defoe-iest goal ever scored.

Defoe then added to his tally in the 77th minute after a lovely bursting run by Kyle Walker, who spent the remainder of the game drifting inside to get in on the fun passing drills England did towards the end. Scott Parker was a late entry on the 67th minute and, as a defensive midfielder, had absolutely no role to really play as the proceedings were closed out other than just joining in the tapping around.

With that lighthearted frivolity out of the way, here's hoping that our called-up Spurs will get a proper look in in what promises to be a more competitive game against Montenegro on Tuesday. Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott may start again in that game precluding Steven Caulker from earning his second cap, but I think you can almost bet on Walker and Defoe getting run-outs after tonight's nice warm-up.

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