Not much rest for much of the tired Tottenham squad during the break
Although the stoppage of play is called the international break, for a large part of the Tottenham squad there is little rest during this break. Although several players are not on international service as normally would, Tottenham have 14 first-team players serving their respective countries over the next 10 days. Little rest for a slightly tired team.
Some Tottenham players take a break
While someone’s country of origin is on the Red List of Covid infections is not a good thing – because infections make travel dangerous – a little rest for Davinson Sanchez is probably not bad. Sanchez started for about a month in a row for Spurs and could certainly use the rest rather than running thousands of miles for a few World Cup playoffs with Columbia.
Likewise, Giovani Lo Celso is absent, with CONMEBOL taking the decision to postpone qualifying until more players can safely return. Given that Lo Celso was injured the last few times he entered service, staying in London is probably a good thing just coming back from an injury.
Speaking of injuries, South Korean hamstring problem Heung-Min Son picked up at Arsenal will keep him out of a friendly with Japan and London. One would also assume that it was his long absence due to his own injury that likely prevented Sergio Reguilón from making the Spanish squad for his own World Cup qualifiers.
Of the 13 players who have played the most minutes for Tottenham this season, only Reguilón, Son and Sanchez – all of whom we miss for different reasons – are not expected to play next week for their international teams. So who all plays Spurs for their country?
Not a bunch of friendlies
If there is one thing both positive and negative about almost every game Tottenham players go to for their country, it is not friendlies. outraged Serge Aurier – which will play in the qualifying African Cup of Nations for Côte d’Ivoire – each player will participate in the World Cup qualifiers.
It’s one thing to loan the team and players across the continent for friendlies that ultimately make no sense beyond statistics and win a cap. However, getting players out and participating in meaningful matches for your country is another story. These games are important and it is both a blessing and a curse.
The blessing is that the games are meaningful and important. The curse is the intensity that ultimately comes with the stakes of whether or not to participate in the biggest sporting event in the world. Players can get injured at half speed in a friendly game just as much as at full speed in a knockout game, but if anything did happen, God forbid, at least the games were important.
Fun to play with friends
There are two nations where Tottenham provide three players this break, with Hugo Lloris, Moussa Sissoko, and Tanguy Ndombele all get the call for France. Fron Ndombele in particular is special and reflects the growing influence he has at Tottenham. Tanguy has not been in the France team since 2019.
The Welsh contingent – another trio of Spurs players – was somewhat of a fate, given the longevity – especially of Bale and Davies – as part of the Welsh setup. Joe rodon, still got the call even though he hasn’t played a ton this season but has done well recently against Villa.
The England squad are smaller than they have been in the past as Dele Alli continues to be out of the national team image and Harry Winks is away as well. Harry kane is still the captain of the country, some are surprised by Eric Dierthe inclusion of given his overall late minutes.
Five more Spurs go solo but not alone
Matt doherty (Republic of Ireland), Toby Alderweireld (Belgium), Steven bergwijn (Netherlands), Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Denmark) and Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast) can all travel without any club partner in their respective countries.
Doherty will be joined in the Republic of Ireland camp by Tottenham player Troy Parrott, who joins Ipswich in Ligue 1. In addition, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg will join former Spur Christian Eriksen in the Danish camp, while Toby Alderweireld will once again be with longtime teammate Jan Vertonghen for Belgium.
Don’t forget the children
Without forgetting the qualifications for the current U21 European Championship. Tottenham are well represented with this team which have called up three players, although two are currently playing elsewhere. Japhet Tanganga received the call with loaned players Oliver Skipp (Norwich) and Ryan Sessegnon (Hoffenheim).
Skipp has had a great season with Norwich looking almost certain to return to the top flight, Sessegnon has had good minutes and experience in Germany, and Tanganga showed last week he can be a factor for Tottenham. It’s great that all three of them are spending time together as they should all be part of Tottenham’s setup next season and have a big role to play.
With 27 games between these players to come by the end of the month, let’s hope for some good football and no injuries. The long streak of the Premier League campaign is what comes next and given that many Tottenham players who need a rest won’t get it, the least we can hope for is to not get injured.