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Four Tottenham players called up to Southgate’s first England squad

No rest for Dele, Walker, Rose, and Dier.

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The international break is a planned rest point in the Premier League season when clubs can take a breather and rest some players. Except for, y’know, the ones that are called up to participate in World Cup qualifiers. Which is what happened to four Tottenham players.

It’s the usual suspects. Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, and Danny Rose were all called up to participate in Gareth Southgate’s first squad as interim manager of England. Sam Allardyce, as we all know by now, stepped down after a ridiculously short tenure after he was caught in an undercover sting operation by the Telegraph where he was said to give advice on how to circumvent federation regulations.

England will host the mighty Malta on October 8 at Wembley Stadium before travelling to Slovenia three days later in a much trickier tie.

There’s a lot we could unpack about Southgate’s team selection (Glen Johnson? Really? LOL) but we won’t. With Rose and Dier both just back from injury and Dele Alli looking like he could really use a rest, hopefully Southgate will take a cautious approach and not play any of them of them a significant amount. God help me if something happens like what happened to Walker Rose in the last international break. Ban international football.