The rosters for England’s upcoming World Cup 2018 Qualification matches were announced today, and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, it is full of current and former Tottenham Hotspur players. Four current Spurs players were called up: Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, and Kieran Trippier.
And if you like former Tottenham players, Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), and Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth) also were called up by Gareth Southgate. All together, that’s 25% of the England roster that have at one time worn the Tottenham Hotspur shirt.
England will travel to Malta on Friday, September 1, before hosting Slovakia at Wembley Stadium on Monday, September 4. England currently top their qualifying group with 14 points from six matches, and have a two point lead over Slovakia.
There’s more good news! After winning the World Cup with the U20s this summer, Josh Onomah and Kyle Walker-Peters were both bumped up a level to the England U21 side.
The Young Lions are beginning the new qualifying stages for the upcoming U21 Euros. England will play at the Netherlands on Friday, September 1, and will host Latvia on Tuesday, September 5.
Finally, Marcus “Messi with an Afro” Edwards was called up to England’s U20 squad, and I believe this is his first call-up at this level.