Soccer NewsSunday 20th November 2016

What Spurs Can Gain From England v Scotland

What Spurs Can Gain From England v Scotland

As has often been the case in recent times, there are a number of Spurs amongst England’s squad to face Scotland on Friday night. 4 this time in fact, rather than the usual 5 with Dele Alli sidelined through injury. Here we take a look at what Tottenham and these players can gain from the encounter.

Harry Kane
Following seven weeks out, the impact Kane made upon returning to lead the line in the North London Derby was significant. Managing to get through just over 70 minutes in this appearance, it will be interesting to see how he is utilised by Gareth Southgate. Unlike some others within the squad, he could use the game time from a Spurs perspective to build up his match fitness.

Clearly still working hard to get up to speed and resolve the troublesome ankle once and for all, it is a great chance for Kane to showcase his wares at international level. Off the back of an underwhelming Euro 16 campaign, it would be even better if he were to get on the scoresheet. He is favourite to do so with 10Bet, and surely such a feat would provide both Kane and Spurs with renewed confidence for important fixtures to come.

Kyle Walker
This man has played so much football already this season that another appearance for the national team is probably not what Tottenham would prefer. Taken off after 80 minutes against Arsenal, the injury scare was not enough to see him withdrawn from the squad. Walker has been one of Spurs’ best and most consistent players of late, appearing in all eleven Premier League games and 2 of 3 in the Champions League.

Now firmly established as the number one English right back, despite his workload Walker would no doubt be keen to keep it that way. Unwilling to give up his spot for a niggle is a credible and admirable effort, even if it might not suit his club team. Walker would perhaps be best served from a Spurs perspective through being benched and having Nathaniel Clyne start ahead of him. He may not want to give Clyne that opportunity, so his availability could very much be determined by the England medical staff. If Walker does play, he might just need a rest when back at White Hart Lane.

Eric Dier
It’s been a strange few months for Dier. After taking luck a duck to water in his transition from centre half to defensive midfielder this time last year, he’s perhaps fallen slightly short of expectations of late. But in that sense, to some degree he is a victim of his own success and versatility. Having covered all of the central defensive, right back and defensive midfielder posts at various stages this season, the jack of all trades has struggled to nail down one position for Tottenham’s first choice side.

So the World Cup qualifier is an opportunity for Dier. To cast aside doubts over his suitability to the defensive midfield role at Tottenham, and renew his spot there for the national team, for which he has perhaps even been more effective in recent times. There is no guarantee he will start of course, but it seems likely as he has been favoured by both Southgate and previously Roy Hodgson. Especially with Danny Drinkwater’s withdrawal from the squad, Dier faces less competition and more of a chance to return to the form of a year ago.

Danny Rose
Much like fellow fullback Walker, when fit Rose is first choice for both club and nation. But along with many of his teammates, it’s been stop-start on that front due to untimely injuries. An outstanding contributor to Spurs, defensively and especially in transition to attack. Having now returned to regular game time, and with Ben Davies an adequate rotation option for Tottenham, Rose should be able to get through 90 minutes without too many concerns for either club or country.

That is, as long as he is able to do just that without picking up another injury. Where a concern for Walker may be around weariness and his minor niggle, Rose has often been susceptible to injuries. And in what is sure to be a fiery encounter, all concerned must be hopeful he can get through unscathed.