England has released its roster for its two upcoming international friendlies, and as always Tottenham Hotspur are well represented in the Three Lions’ squad.
Manager Gareth Southgate tapped fullbacks Danny Rose & Kieran Trippier, and midfielders Dele Alli and Eric Dier to represent their country in matches against the Netherlands in Holland on Friday, March 23 and vs. Italy at Wembley Stadium on March 27.
Harry Kane, obviously, was not selected as he is out until April after rolling his ankle against Bournemouth. Harry Winks was another Tottenham player who has been selected by England by Southgate in the past, but he missed out this time around; Winksy hasn’t been playing much for Spurs and has been dealing with a niggling injury of his own that hasn’t quite gone away.
This is one of the more meaningless international breaks: the World Cup groups have already been drawn, and the only real reason to play these friendlies is to give managers a chance to evaluate some of the down-ticket players that are probably playing for one of the last spots on the plane. That might help inform some of Southgate’s selections: Harry Maguire, Alfie Mawson, Lewis Cook, Joe Gomez, James Tarkowski, and Nick Pope are all named today, but I’m not sure any of them are locks for the World Cup squad yet.
As always, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope that none of the Spurs players get injured. At least we don’t have to worry about Kane this time around.