The English national team didn’t have the best of starts to the Euros 2016 after managing only a draw against Russia in their opener and securing a last gasp victory against Wales few days later. But what would have been heartening for the Tottenham fans to see would have been the presence of 5 Spurs players in the starting XI in the both the matches. Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane all started England’s game against the Russia, which just goes to show how important Tottenham’s contingent is too English success in the tournament. Dier became a hero overnight after he scored the opening goal for England in the Euro 2016 with a thumping free kick.
No one would have thought that Tottenhams Kyle Walker would be the best player for England in the Euros but that’s what exactly the full back has done for his country in the first two matches. The 26-year-old defender was excellent last season under Mauricio Pochettino, and looks to have finally found the consistency that had eluded him previously. His pace down the wings has been particularly important for England while going forward, while his physical strength is enough to handle the burliest of centre forwards. Earlier Walker was guilty of switching frequently during matches, but over the past year he has turned into one of the most reliable defenders in the Premier League. His club teammate and fellow full back Danny Rose has made the most of the opportunities given by the England manager Roy Hodgson. Similar to Walker, Rose has used his pace excellently down the left and hasn’t feared going up front and contributing in the attacking third. With a string of consistent performances last season, he has been able to cement his place not only in the Spurs team but also for the national team now.
Eric Dier has been somewhat of a revelation this past year, he was excellent for Tottenham last season and was superb in screening the back four and launching attacks from the back, whenever Spurs tried to break. In the first match against Russia the holding midfielder capped a fine display with a magnificent free-kick into the top corner in the 73rd minute in Marseille. He was particularly impressive in the second match, where he was able to keep the world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale quiet most of the time.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane were the catalyst behind Tottenham having a good season, where they secured Champions League qualification at the expense of teams like Manchester United and Chelsea. Although the duo still have to get going in the European championship, fans will be foolish to give up on them so easily. Kane although still goalless, provides a very big threat upfront with his movement and pace. Alli on the other hand played a very crucial role in getting the ball to Sturridge for England’s winning goal against Wales.