Good news for those who are planning on watching Tottenham Hotspur play in the United States later this month! According to Evening Standard Spurs beat writer Dan Kilpatrick, several of the Spurs players who exited the World Cup on the early side will be joining the rest of the squad in USA for the International Champions Cup.
#thfc Son, Eriksen, Sanchez expected to join Spurs’ US tour 21 July-1 Aug but 9 players still in Russia likely to miss it. Even Girona on 4 Aug looks a bit soon for them.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) July 12, 2018
That’s a bonus! It was expected that most, if not all, of Spurs’ World Cup stars would not travel with the club to USA, as they would be getting a well-deserved rest ahead of the start of the new Premier League season. Nobody expected any of England’s Five Lions (Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier, Eric Dier, Danny Rose) to travel, and that also includes Hugo Lloris and the Belgian trio of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and Mousa Dembele.
Still, having Sonny, Eriksen, and Sanchez present will be a big boost to American Spurs fans who otherwise would be watching a squad of mostly reserve players and youth teamers. I know, we’re Spurs fans, we’ll go watch them regardless of who’s there, but still.
Tottenham play Roma in San Diego on July 25 to open the preseason friendly tournament, then travel to Pasadena to play Barcelona at the Rose Bowl three days later. They wrap up the American tour with a match against AC Milan in Minneapolis on July 31. Spurs’ final official friendly is a trip to Spain to play Girona on August 4.
Dan’s tweet however does scare up the frightening prospects that the nine Spurs players who made the World Cup semi-finals might not actually be ready to start the Premier League season. If they’re not ready to return by the Girona friendly, it seems like they might also not be ready to start on August 11 at Newcastle. Considering who those players are, that’s a bit of a frightening prospect, but we’ll see.