Hard as it is to believe, we’re nearly at the point of another international break this season. That’s aggravating for those of us who find the periodic EURO qualifiers obtrusive to the Premier League club season, but on the bright side it does give us a break from watching Tottenham Hotspur for a while, and that maybe isn’t so bad a thing.
If you’re a person who likes it when Tottenham players get called up to their national teams (and bully for you if you are), then you’ll be happy — six players were called up to play for England and France this weekend.
First, England: Gareth Southgate has called up the three usual suspects for inclusion in next week’s matches against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria: Harry Kane, Harry Winks, and Danny Rose. Interestingly, Dele did not get a call-up, the first time he hasn’t been named to the England squad when healthy since... well, I can’t remember it happening.
For France, Dider Deschamps continues to reward the uptick in league minutes for Moussa Sissoko has he makes his second consecutive call-up for France. This time, Tanguy Ndombele also makes the team (he missed the last call-up as he was recovering from injury), and Hugo Lloris is also named because he’s the French captain.
Les 23 joueurs sélectionnés par Didier Deschamps pour les 2 matchs de qualifications à l'EURO 2020 ! #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) October 3, 2019
Islande France (vendredi 11/10 à 20h45)
France Turquie (lundi 14/10 à 20h45) pic.twitter.com/3oKlP5bJR6
There will be other Spurs players who will get call-ups in the coming days — Ben Davies has already been named to the Wales squad, and I have no doubt that Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will be called up by Belgium. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lucas gets into Brazil’s squad, and there will also be some Argentines called up as well.
Go Team Insert-Country-Here, I guess? Sure. Let’s go with that.