Our long (inter-)national nightmare is now over. The break in club football for 2014 World Cup qualification matches is finally over, and we can look forward to league matches again beginning this weekend. However, a good number of Tottenham Hotspur players participated for their countries' national teams this past week. Here's a summary of how they did.
Argentina (qualified for WC2014)
5-2 win at Paraguay
Erik Lamela - was on the bench but did not play.
2-0 win at Scotland
Jan Vertonghen - played 90' minutes as Belgium's starting left back.
Mousa Dembele - started on the bench and was a very late substitute, not making much impact.
Nacer Chadli - started and played 90' at left wing.
6-0 friendly win vs. Australia; 2-0 friendly win vs. Portugal
Paulinho - started both matches in the center of midfield before being subbed off late.
2-1 win at Malta, 1-0 win at Armenia
Christian Eriksen - started and played 90' in both matches in the center of midfield.
4-0 home win over Moldova; 0-0 draw at Ukraine
Kyle Walker - Started and played 90' at right back in both matches. Picked up a yellow card vs. Ukraine, his first.
Andros Townsend - Was on the bench but did not play in either match.
Jermain Defoe - Was on the bench but did not play in either match.
0-0 draw at Georgia; 4-2 home win vs. Belarus
Hugo Lloris - captained and played 90 minutes as goalkeeper in both matches. Had somewhat of a stinker of a match vs. Belarus, letting in two goals, but was reportedly ill and the match result was not in doubt.
4-4 draw at Switzerland; 2-1 home win vs. Albania
Gylfi Sigurðsson - Started, played 90', and played very well in the #10 role vs. Switzerland, notching two assists. Started and played 90' vs. Albania, picking up a yellow card.
3-0 home win vs. Hungary; 2-0 home loss vs. Turkey
Vlad Chiriches - Captained Romania and played 90' in central defense for both matches.
2-0 win at Finland, 2-2 friendly home draw vs. Chile
Roberto Soldado - was on the bench but did not play in the Finland match; started, played 65' and scored a goal in the friendly vs. Chile.
Thankfully, it appears that no-one picked up a knock or an injury, which means that all should return to Tottenham healthy, if perhaps a little winded.