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International Break Round-Up: reviewing Tottenham players’ performances

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There are still a few international friendlies to be played but for the most part Tottenham Hotspur players have wrapped up their responsibilities during this long international break. Thirteen Spurs players participated for their home countries’ teams this time around, and it might have been more if not for injuries to players like Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, and Danny Rose.

Here’s a quick round-up of the players and teams involved.


Juan Foyth: Alas, young Juan did not receive his first senior Argentina cap during this break. He was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 4-0 international friendly win over Iraq on October 11. He was not listed in the squad that lost 1-0 to Brazil on Tuesday.


Toby Alderweireld: Played 90 minutes on the right side of a back three in two matches as Roberto Martinez’s men defeated Switzerland 2-1 on Friday at home in the Nations League and drew the Netherlands 1-1 Tuesday in an international friendly.


Lucas Moura: In his first appearance with the Brazilian national team in two years, Lucas Moura was a second half substitute in a 2-0 friendly win at Saudi Arabia. He was an unused substitute in Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win over Argentina on Tuesday.


Davinson Sanchez: Started and played 90 minutes in central defense as Colombia defeated USA 4-2 in an international friendly in Tampa, Florida. Colombia host Costa Rica in another friendly on Wednesday.


Harry Kane: Started and went 90 minutes in England’s two Nations League matches over the break — a scoreless draw in a closed door match at Croatia, and a 3-2 win over Spain. Nabbed two assists (and a “Modric” hockey assist) and was named Man of the Match vs. the Spaniards.

Eric Dier: Started and went the distance in both Nations League matches. Was named Man of the Match against Croatia.

Harry Winks: Unused against Croatia, Winksy started beside his Spurs teammate Eric Dier in central midfield against Spain, where he played well. Picked up a yellow card in the process.

Danny Rose: Withdrew from the England squad due to a minor injury to his groin sustained in Tottenham’s win over Cardiff.

Kieran Trippier: Was rested against Croatia but started in the win over Spain. Was subbed off in the 85th minute for Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.


Hugo Lloris: Started and captained the World Cup champions to a 2-2 international friendly home draw against Iceland. Let in two goals, but also did this. Hugo made two saves in France’s 2-1 Nations League win over Germany on Tuesday.

Ivory Coast

Serge Aurier: In what was his first action since his injury with Spurs, Serge Aurier started in defense and went the full 90 minutes as Ivory Coast defeated Central African Republic at home 4-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifier last Friday. The return fixture at CAF took place on Tuesday and ended in a scoreless draw.


Victor Wanyama: Captained and scored a second half penalty as Kenya all but assured its qualification for its first African Cup of Nations berth in 15 years by beating Ethiopia 3-0 at home. Vic apparently picked up a knock to his during the match and was substituted in the second half, but the injury appears to be minor.

South Korea

Son Heung-Min: Started and played 90 minutes but had a penalty saved in a 2-1 home international friendly win over Uruguay. Sonny said later that he doesn’t want to take penalties anymore. Sonny also grabbed an assist against Panama on Tuesday in another friendly, but the Taeguk Warriors lost a two goal lead and drew at home 2-2.

United States

Cameron Carter-Vickers: USA played two friendlies this past week — a 4-2 loss to Colombia in which Cam Carter-Vickers was an unused substitute, and a 1-1 draw vs. Peru. Cam started and played the full 90 in the Peru draw.