It’s hard to believe, but we’re almost to the first international break of the young Premier League season. Today, international squad lists are beginning to trickle out, with both England and France announcing their squads for two upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers next week. And Tottenham Hotspur are again well-represented, though perhaps not as much as in the past.
First, the Three Lions. Three Spurs players have been named to Gareth Southgate’s side: Harry Kane, Danny Rose, and Harry Winks.
It’s great news for Winks, who has been on the fringe of the England squad but missed out both on the World Cup last summer and this summer’s Nations League campaign due to injuries. It’s good to see him back with the Three Lions, as Southgate apparently values him highly.
Three Spurs players is fewer than what we’ve come to expect, but it shouldn’t be surprising — Dele has only just come back from injury and hasn’t played competitive football since last Spring. Eric Dier is likewise regaining fitness after offseason surgery.
Meanwhile, France has also released their roster, and it contains a surprise — Moussa Sissoko!
RDV lundi à Clairefontaine pour préparer les 2 matchs de qualifications à l’UEFA Euro 2020 ! #FiersdetreBleus— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) August 29, 2019
France Albanie (sam. 7/09 au Stade de France)
France Andorre (mar. 10/09 au Stade de France)
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This would appear to be the culmination of Sissoko’s resurgence from last season, as he has been nowhere near Les Bleus’ roster over the past couple of seasons. A notable exclusion, however, is fellow Hotspur Tanguy Ndombele; if you want to be pessimistic about it, Ndombele not making the squad is probably not good news if you were hoping for his return to Tottenham’s starting lineup for the North London Derby.
England will host Bulgaria on September 7 and again host Kosovo on September 10. France also host two matches next week on the same two days — Albania, followed by Andorra.