Way back in January I took a look at some of Tottenham Hotspur's youth players and their development. With the international break this week now seems like a good time to look what some of the Tottenham youngsters have been up to and how they've been performing.
As I'm sure most of you are aware Kyle Walker has looked well so far in his loan with Aston Villa and has been in the last two England squads. He'll be hopeful of picking up his first cap and wouldn't it be something if he were to come on to mark Tottenham teammate and Welsh international Gareth Bale?
Meanwhile, at the Under-21 international level, three Tottenham Hotspur youngsters have been called into Stuart Pearce's Young Lions Squad. Steven Caulker has been impressive thus far in his loan spell at Bristol City and will be hoping to earn his first cap at the under-21 level. Caulker is hoping to go on loan in the Premiership next season and given his perfomances this year in the Championship it's not a stretch to see him performing well at the next level. Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton will be joining Caulker in the squad for their games against Denmark and Iceland.At the Under-19 level three more Tottenham Youth players will be featuring. Harry Kane looks to continue his good run of form at the international level having scored two goals in his two appearances thus far. He is joined by teammates Tom Caroll and Ryan Fredericks. Carroll has been impressive in his first two months on loan at Leyton Orient and Fredericks has been a fixture in Spurs' under-18 squad with the pacy right winger looking like he has "a bit of Aaron Lennon in him" according to Tottenham's website.
Those appear to be the only youth players featuring at the international level during this break, though goalkeeper Oscar Jansson was called into the Sweden Under-21 squad back in February.
It's certainly good to see so many young Spurs players playing a role at the international level. Hopefully one or two of these players will eventually make an impact with Tottenham's senior squad. Development in football is much like that of baseball in that it often takes quite a while and a lot of experience in the "minors" before a player is ready to play in the bigs. I wouldn't be surprised to see at least a couple of these players playing in the Premier League in the next couple of years.