Tottenham Hotspur’s troop of young, up-and-coming stars have been nothing short of sensational this season, as the north London side seems the last hurdle standing in the way of Leicester City winning the Premier League title.
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As they say, “with team success comes individual recognition,” typified not only by the five Tottenham players — all 25 years of age or younger — called into the current England squad for pre-2016 European Championship friendlies this week, but also the standout performances of four of them against Germany on Saturday.
After the game, Eric Dier, who signed for Spurs before the start of the 2014-15 season, Mauricio Pochettino‘s first at White Hart Lane, and scored the winner against the current World Cup holders, was first to sing the praises of the Spurs boys’ “brilliant” Argentine manager — quotes from FourFourTwo:
“We did all get together in the dressing room. It’s great for us five — Walks didn’t get on but for the five of us to be here was amazing.
“We have to be thankful for our manager, for being able to put us in this position by giving us a chance at our club and improving us. Us Spurs boys know how lucky we are to have him because he’s been brilliant.
“He demands a lot of us, always wanting us to improve. That’s what’s made us able to be in the position we are now so we’re very grateful for him and we want to repay him.
“We really enjoyed it and I think all four of us put in good performances. I am really happy for Danny Rose because I think it’s a long time coming. For me, he has been the best left back in the Premier League this season.”
Following Rose’s first cap on Saturday, 11 of the last 19 players to make their international debuts for England have been Pochettino-coached players, now at Spurs and Southampton before that.
Not only do the players owe Pochettino a massive thank you for the heights to which he’s helped them so early in their respective careers, so do England supporters who hope to see the Three Lions make a deep run at Euro 2016 — something that, given the quality and depth provided by Poch’s Spurs boys, they have a real chance of doing.